Do you feel safe getting in and out of bed?
Consider if your bedding / clothing is increasing the risk of slipping from the bed. Is your bedding trailing on the floor creating a trip hazard?
Consider if your mattress is too soft and not providing support, or your bed is too high or too low.
Is there a light that can be turned on and off from the bed?
Fit a pull cord for the main light within reach of the bed. A bedside lamp is an alternative though may be a fire hazard if it is permanently plugged in.
A battery powered push light fitted next to the bed is a good solution.
Always use a light when going to the toilet at night.
Is there a telephone next to your bed?
It is useful to have a telephone in your bedroom.
Ensure your pendant alarm, if you have one, is within reach when you are in bed.
DO NOT leave mobile phones charging overnight – Fire Risk
Is your clothing too long?
Make sure night dresses, dressing gowns, or pyjama bottoms are not too long creating a trip hazard. Make sure you have somewhere stable to sit when getting dressed or undressed.
Fire Safety Advice
- Never smoke in bed
- Don't fold electric blanket and check for wear and tear before use – make sure you switch off before bed
- Have a bedtime routine – switch off electricals, close internal doors and make sure your escape route is clear
- Emollient skin products ( for a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, ulcers and bed sores) are safe to use but can leave a flammable residue on clothes or bedding so no naked flames or cigarette.