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Bedroom

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.

 

Further Information

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.