Housing safety

About Housing safety

Most people spend most of their time in their home. That makes the home a crucial environment that can affect one’s health - both in terms of safety characteristics within the home, and in terms of factors that affect housing stability.

Safety characteristics

A home’s safety characteristics might include:

  • Air conditioning, which is a vital tool to protect people who are at risk of heat-related illness and death
  • Electric medical equipment. People who rely on electric medical equipment are at risk during power outages.
  • Grab bars in bathrooms, which can help older people and people with mobility impairments stay safe.
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Homes with grab bars in bathroom (among older adult households)

Grab bars in bathrooms can help prevent falls among older adults.

Household air conditioning

Air conditioning is an important way to avoid heat stress, especially for persons with limited mobility.

Households using electric medical equipment

People who use electric medical equipment are more vulnerable during power outages or evacuations.