Safety Tips

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What if I use power-dependent equipment?

Power Dependent

If you use power-dependent life-support equipment make sure your doctor fills out forms that tell about your medical problems and the equipment you use. These forms should be given to the utility company, so they can attempt to restore service, as soon as possible, if there is an emergency where the electricity goes out.

Why should people with arthritis be more careful in the sun?

Eye Safety

When your out in the sun, always wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.

Should I have smoke alarms in my home?

Smoke Alarms

You need to make sure to have smoke alarms in various rooms in your home. Also, it is important that you have carbon monoxide detectors. You should check the batteries at least twice a year. For those living in the United States, let me suggest that you check them each time we switch to and from daylight savings.

What should I do if I have arthritis and I am going to be outside?

Bug Bites

If you are going to be outside for long periods use some kind of bug spray. Make sure the bug spray is made to put on your body first though. This will help you get less bug bites which are never fun when you get them up on top of already swollen and painful joints.

What can I do to make by tub less slippery?

Slippery Bathtubs or Showers

Your bathtub and shower can become very slippery. Try using rubber mats in the bathtub or shower to prevent slipping.

What if there is ever a fire at my house?

Fire Safety

If you think that you would have trouble escaping from your home if there was a fire, you should contact your local fire department. If you do so, and there is ever a fire, the firemen will be informed that you need extra help because of health problems.

Should people with arthritis be more careful in the winter?

Slick Spots

When it is snowy and icy always be extra careful to not walk on icy spots, because all it takes is one step and you could fall right down. This could cause serious damage to your body. So if you don't have to get out, my advice would be to just stay in and not chance it.

Do I need a fire extinguisher?

Fire Extinguishers

You should make sure to keep fire extinguishers in different parts of your home. You need to also make sure that when you buy them, you understand how to use them and that it is not too hard for your hands to press.

What are grab bars?

Grab Bars

If you have trouble moving in and out of the bathtub or shower, try installing grab bars. Grab bars are used to pull yourself up from the tub or to hold on to for support. Your doctor can probably tell you what kind you need.

Why should people with arthritis be more careful in the sun?

Sun Exposure

It is very important that when you are going to be out in the sun for long periods of time that you wear the recommended strength of sunscreen. This is important for everyone, but even more so for people with arthritis, because take it from me when you get a burn it makes the pain from the arthritis even more unbearable.

Why should people with arthritis be more careful in the sun?

Sun vs. Medication

Some medications have a warning that you need to stay out of direct sunlight. Always make sure that before you get out in the sun for long periods of time that you check with your doctor and make sure that it's okay to be in the sun with the medications your on.

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