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Some of the things we use every day are potential hazards. In fact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that each year, hundreds of thousands of people over the age of 65 need emergency room treatment for injuries associated with products they live with and use all the time. (Read about "Accidental Falls" "Hip Fractures") And CPSC says many of these injuries could have been prevented with some simple precautions:
Make sure you also keep a list of emergency numbers by the phone. Dialing 911 can be the fastest way to get emergency help, but your list can also include the phone numbers for your doctor and your nearest poison control center, as well as nearby relatives and neighbors. Make sure the numbers are large enough to be read easily. You may also want to keep at least one phone in the house on a table that's low enough to the ground, so you could reach it even if you were to fall and couldn't stand back up.
Be aware too of how the weather outside affects the temperature inside your home or apartment. The National Institute on Aging says that as we get older, our bodies become more sensitive to temperature extremes of both heat (Read about "Heat Stroke") as well as cold (Read about "Hypothermia"). It can also be a good idea to make sure that someone - a family member or neighbor or social worker for example - is able to check up on you regularly in case there is a problem.
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