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About Lighting for Safety in Home

This may seem like a contradiction given the above, but the goal here is not to din the lights, but to prevent glare. Glare happens when the light reflects off too bright and shiny surfaces, causing bright spots of light that can impair your vision. Lights should be covered with light lamp shades or opaque covers and positioned away from shiny surfaces such as linoleum floors or granite countertops.

As a fail-safe, make sure your floor is clear of falling hazards such as loose rugs, articles on the floor such as shoes, clothing, and short furniture. Even with proper lighting, these articles can be missed and lead to a fall. Also, consider contrasting the furniture with the walls (darker furniture) so they are easier to see.

Going back to the fireplace, is your lighting safe? While a fireplace isn’t bright enough to light your home on its own, if you have one, do you have a safety screen up that will keep hot debris from getting on to furniture? Also, consider getting a gas fireplace with an on/off switch on the wall. That way, you won’t have to bend over to start it or stock it with kindling and wood for traditional fireplaces.

Also, if you live in an older house, it may be a good idea to make sure the wiring is up to date. Make an appointment with an electrician to see if there are any fire hazards as well as making sure your house is bright enough and up to date to prevent falls! If you live in an older house, the outlets may not be able to handle the amount of voltage your newer lighting appliances require. The only way to know, is to ask the professionals. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice the lighting and safety of your house just because you have old outlets!