When your dad makes the decision to age in place, embrace it. You should, however, take the time to make five safety checks to ensure nothing happens. Here are the safety checks you need to make and why it’s so important.
Find Out When the Heating System and Chimneys Were Cleaned.
Most HVAC specialists recommend having your furnace or boiler cleaned and inspected once a year. During an inspection, most professionals will inspect the vent pipe, remove build up from the burner, and make sure the gas or oil is flowing properly. Heat exchanges must be inspected for deterioration, and any drains must be checked to make sure there are no leaks. If your dad’s house has a fireplace or wood stove, you should also have the chimney cleaned and checked.
Check Internal Temperatures of the Refrigerator and Freezer.
You may not think of food safety when you’re checking your dad’s house, but you should. Make sure the refrigerator and freezer are reaching the right interior temperatures. According to the FDA, the refrigerator must be at least 40 degrees. The freezer should be at 0. If they are not, you need to make adjustments. If the appliance does not maintain the right temperature, you’ll need to look into appliance repair or replacement.
Inspect the Attic or Upstairs Ceilings.
Look at the attic or ceilings on the upper floor to look for signs of water damage. If there are water stains on the ceiling, there may be loose or damaged shingles or roofing materials that need repairs. It’s important to fix leaks. If you don’t, the trusses may start to rot, which could lead to the roof collapsing.
Look at the Electrical System.
It’s recommended that your home electrical systems are inspected every two decades. The inspection should check for loose wiring on outlets and switches. Your breaker box should also be checked to make sure that nothing is being overloaded. This helps prevent an accidental electrical fire.
Make Sure Vents Are Up to Code and Cleared of Debris.
Proper air flow is essential to preventing carbon monoxide. An inspection should also check for build up of creosote that could cause a chimney fire. Vent pipes should also meet area codes. When the inspector is checking the heating system, you should test all of the smoke/fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to make sure they’re working properly.
With your dad’s house in good shape, you can focus on finding your dad the right senior care services. Your dad may need help with housework, meal preparation, and transportation. Senior care services handle all of that and more.