Maintaining electrical safety in a home is essential, more so if there are elderly or disabled persons in the household. The elderly and disabled have mobility challenges and other impairments which can expose them to electrical hazards. However, with the following upgrades and services, you can create a functional, safe and efficient electrical and lighting system in the home.
Motion Sensor Lighting Installation
The elderly and disabled often have difficulties accessing light switches, especially in areas such as the bathroom. Trying to fumble with light switches in the dark can cause trip-and-fall accidents. One way to improve safety and accessibility is by installing motion sensor lights in areas such as the bathrooms and outdoors.
These lighting systems turn on automatically when they sense motion. They also go off automatically when there is no motion, meaning you don't have to worry about wasting energy. As a result, people can easily access these areas of the home, even with mobility or vision challenges.
Ground-Tracking LED Lighting
Another great upgrade to improve safety in the home is installing ground-tracking LED lights. These are great for the elderly as they light up the way along pathways and hallways. They prevent trip-and-fall accidents, which can lead to severe injury. You could add these lighting fixtures along staircases, grab rails and door latches for easier accessibility.
When installing ground-tracking LED lights, take care to prevent trip hazards. For pathways and hallways, install the lights along the wall or against surfaces. Also, keep the wiring tucked away from the pathway to prevent it from catching on clothing as your loved ones walk along the path.
Regular Electrical Inspections
One main service to consider for increased electrical safety is regular inspections. Getting the home's electrical system inspected by a qualified electrician can prevent safety issues such as electrocution and fires. During the inspection, the electrician should check the following:
- Faulty or worn wiring that could lead to fires
- Outlets and light switches
- Circuit breakers and the entire electrical panel
- Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) circuits to ensure they're working properly
- Power outlets and overloading issues
- Power strips, including making sure the cabling is tucked out of sight
If there are faults in your electrical fixtures, the electrician should fix them immediately to prevent hazards. They can also educate your elderly loved ones on how to handle electrical fixtures and appliances for maximum safety.
When living with the elderly or disabled, it's essential to ensure that your home's electrical system is safe and easily accessible to them. Always work with an electrical service for all electrical upgrades, repairs and services.