Organizing safety tips
Organizing safety tips are essential for your home and office as well as everywhere you go. These tips are written with safety and injury prevention in mind. This is not an issue that concerns only older adults, it can impact anyone at any age. Parents learn to baby/child-proof a house. Pet owners do their best to puppy or kitten-proof a house. We have to assume responsibility for making our living and work spaces as safe as possible.
Organizing safety tips | fall prevention
Organizing safety tips from this Productivity and Organizing Professional are just one of the many benefits of organizing. Below, you will see a couple of the numerous resources online that can help you prevent or minimize falling. These include furniture and flooring modifications and exercise and balance programs. Consider using a checklist and begin with a self assessment:
Organizing safety tips | first aid kits
Organizing safety tips include keeping a first aid kit in several well marked locations such as bathrooms, kitchen, garage, your vehicles, your carry on, with camping equipment, your office, etc. Keep the products in your kits updated and replenish them as needed. Don’t be caught off guard and unable to access what you need in an emergency.
Organizing safety tips | lifting, reaching
Organizing safety tips include what we do (our actions) as well as the things that we have, use, and place in our environment. Reaching for items that are too high can put you at risk for injuries such as items that may fall on you, or worse, losing your balance and falling off of a step stool. Lifting items that are too heavy may also result in strain-related injury. Be proactive and consider the following:
- Location – have items that you need on a regular basis stored as close to where they will be used.
- Weight – keep heavier items in a place that avoids or at least minimizes lifting or lowering the item. Preferably, heavy items are best kept on a surface that is at waist height.
- Visibility – if items are used infrequently be sure that they are easily identifiable to avoid moving boxes and bins around to find things. Use clear containers and easy to read labels.
Organizing safety tips | lighting issues
Organizing safety tips also address lighting. Spaces that are well lit increase personal safety and security. Consider using some or all of the following lighting tips:
- Spot lighting and motion detection lighting near stairs inside and outside of your home and office.
- Flashlights in every room, near your medications, in your purse and vehicles, and in your suitcase when you travel are easy and essential aides. Keep extra batteries on hand.
- Night lights in hallways and bathrooms.
- Install under cupboard lighting in spaces where you are using sharp instruments.
Organizing | your medications
Organizing safety tips can be gotten from your pharmacist and health care provider. As a Professional Organizer I can only suggest ways to make items more visible. For instance, many medications and the containers that they come in look alike. To avoid taking the wrong medication you can label the top of the bottle with an easy to read permanent marker. You might also want to keep a list of your current daily and as needed medications updated for your reference, to bring to doctor’s appointments, and give a copy to a trusted friend or caregiver in case of emergency.
If at all possible keep medications in their original containers. If the directions for use (this applies to prescription and over the counter medications) are difficult to read keep reading glasses or a magnifying glass nearby.
Organizing safety tips | personal security
Organizing safety tips can also address investment in home security systems and personal devices that can be worn and make loud sounds in order to protect yourself and your property. Of course you hope that you will never need these systems but consider it like a type of insurance. You and your valuables are worth it.
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Organizing safety tips | my pet peeves
Remember that we have to increase our awareness for safety in how we organize our spaces and our belongings. This means creating new behaviors and habits as you can see from my short list of pet peeves. Stay organized and safe!
- Items scattered on the floor
- Items on staircases
- Cupboard doors left open
- Pot handles protruding from stove top
- Spills left on the floor
- Slippery cutting boards