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Safety checklist: Closet

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  1. Are closet rods adjustable, or easy to reach?
  2. Is there a rack or shelves on which to store shoes, so you're not falling over them on the floor as you reach into the closet for your clothes?
  3. Is there a handrail or sturdy closet door handle you can grasp to steady yourself as you reach into the closet?
  4. Is there a light in the closet?
  5. Are you old enough to remember Fibber McGee and Molly and their notorious hall closet? If you have such a closet, perhaps it's time to get rid of all the unused sports equipment and outdated clothes you're storing there.
  6. Properly dispose of dry cleaning bags that pose a suffocation hazard to children, as submitted by EvolutionClosets.

For more complete home safety check lists, click on the following links:

"Safe at Home Checklist" from Rebuilding Together, along with the Administration on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association

"Preventing Falls at Home" brochure with an easy-to-follow checklist from the Administration on Aging

"The AARP Home Fit Guide: Information and Tips to Keep Your Home in Top Form for Comfort, Safety, and Livability" booklet includes checklists on home maintenance and energy efficiency, as well as livability evaluations and recommendations for fixing problems and how to get professional help

CAPS directory of Certified Aging in Place Specialists from the National Association of Home Builders