How to Make Your Home Safer as You Age

Simple changes can help protect you from fires, falls, and more

Your home is probably the place where you feel the most secure.

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A few smart steps can help you keep it that way by protecting you against potential hazards. What’s nice about home modifications is that the changes don’t have to be huge to make a huge impact, says Allysin E. Bridges-German, OTD, an occupational therapist with the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Here, tips from Bridges-German and CR experts about small improvements that will keep you safer.

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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the December 2021 issue of Consumer Reports On Health