Give a home built in safety

Matamata Chronicle - - Building -

No steeper than 1:12 if they are slop­ing. Ramps should have a handrail.

Non-slip when wet. Some ma­te­ri­als are more suit­able for this than oth­ers.

See con­sumer.org.nz for more in­for­ma­tion.

En­try steps or steps within a path should have: A handrail. Clearly de­fined, non-slip edges. You can use screw-on nos­ing or self ad­he­sive strips.

Even height and width. Easy-to-use steps have a height of 160 to 180mm and a tread width of 175 to 195mm.

Un­even steps are a ma­jor cause of in­juries.

You could also con­sider paint­ing the front edge of the steps with white paint to make them more vis­i­ble.

Au­to­matic per­ma­nent low-level night­light­ing. Think about: Lights at all en­trance points so you don’t have to cross the room in the dark when coming in or out.

Plenty of fixed power out­lets to plug in elec­tric equip­ment so ca­bles don’t have to run across the floor or un­der mats or rugs.

Sep­a­rate de­fined ar­eas for quiet and ac­tive in­door ac­tiv­ity.

Un­in­ter­rupted and un­ob­structed travel paths through liv­ing spa­ces. Think about where your low fur­ni­ture or ac­tiv­ity ar­eas will go.

A fixed heat­ing sys­tem so you don’t need por­ta­ble heat­ing ap­pli­ances with trail­ing ca­bles.

Mark­ing fully glazed in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal doors so you can see the glass.

Lam­i­nated or tough­ened glass – safety glass – in low level glaz­ing. Avoid­ing lips at door­ways to the out­side. Fit­ted car­pet to avoid rugs and mats. Con­sider in­stalling: Hard-wired data, tele­phone and power out­lets so you don’t have trail­ing ca­bles.

Stor­age ar­eas for of­fice ma­te­ri­als, so you can keep the area tidy.

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