Safety tips for people with low vision

RBC | To help people with low vision perform everyday tasks more easily while reducing their risk of falls and other injuries, the American Foundation for the Blind offers several useful tips:

1. Keep rooms well lit. Good overall lighting is a must for safety.

2. Use task lighting to make everyday activities easier.

3. Use night lights in bedrooms, hallways, bathrooms, and the kitchen to make it easier for people with low vision to navigate in the dark.

4. Make stairways safer by placing a brightly colored strip of tape along the edge of each step.

5. Make door frames and light switches easier to see by painting them a color that contrasts with the walls around them.

6. Cut light-colored items on a dark cutting board and dark items on a light cutting board. [Some companies now sell cutting boards that are white on one side and black on the other.]

7. Place plates and food service items on place mats that are a contrasting color.

8. Use pill organizers with raised markings or talking labels to help prevent serious medication mishaps.

9. Eliminate clutter—dispose of unnecessary items, put things away as soon as you have finished using them, and always return them to the same place.

10. Reposition television sets so that neither sunlight nor lamplight shines directly on the screen.

Free Meeker Low Vision Workshop: June 20, 2018 Meeker Public Library – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.