December 25th, 2013 9:54 PM by Dan Howard
Hang a marked medical information bag near the front door. This
can be as simple as a canvas bag labeled “Medical Information” with a magic
marker in big letters. Medical information is critical during a
medical emergency, and emergency responders need that information. Having a marked bag with medical history,
contacts and medications can make a life or death difference in a medical
Install a keyless combination door lock at an exterior door.
A code combination lock can provide access to friends, relatives or emergency
personnel without the delay that usually occurs before someone is willing to
break down a door.
Add an exterior blinking light for emergency personnel. This does not need to be fancy. It can be an
extension cord run through a window with a colored light bulb screwed into a socket
that has a built in blinker. Cost for this should be under $20.00.
Purchase a freeze alarm that can call out a freeze warning. Snowbirds and winter vacationers alike can
avoid the possible flooding and major damage of their home if the heat goes
out. There are units that will call out
to another phone number before homes or crawl spaces freeze. Many of these are
available for under $ 100.00.
Seniors should learn to Skype. This is great for seeing
grandchildren. It also gives peace of mind to relatives by letting family
members see that mom or dad is doing well.
Change bathroom doors to open out toward the hallway instead
of into the bathroom. Many medical
emergencies happen in the bathroom. If
the door opens outward, help can enter a bathroom without breaking down a door
over a fallen person. A quality carpenter should be able to remove a door, turn
it around and reinstall it in less than 4 hours.
Change turning door knobs to lever handles. Everyday living
is easier with lever handles and when trying to get through a door to call for
help or escape a fire, it can make a life or death difference.