Safety and Security
SAFETY AND SECURITY
standard: The home guidelines and procedures are designed for the safety and security of all individuals, with particular attention to the special needs of individuals who are physically disabled or unaware of danger.
rationale: Because individuals may not be aware of personal danger, the home environment must ensure their safety and security. The standards for fire safety and storage of household poisons and medications cannot be compromised. Service providers and assistants must have training in First Aid and safety procedures to deal with emergencies at any time.
The Safety and Security standard covers the safety of the individual in a variety of areas in the home. Safety implies prevention, precautions, supervision, restricted access, and equipment adaptations as necessary.
The following are examples of promising practices:
- Fire safety and emergency preparations are in place. The individual is taught what to do in the event of a fire.
- Medications and hazardous household products are stored and used safely.
- Environmental hazards are minimized for individuals who have physical disabilities, allergies, visual or hearing impairments, or epilepsy.
- Precautions are taken to ensure the individual’s safety.
- Home sharing providers and assistants are trained to respond to medical emergencies.
Julie shares her home with Lucas. Every night before bed, Julie goes around the house and locks the exterior doors. Lucas, who is fascinated with anything metal and mechanical, follows right behind her and unlocks the doors. A safety measure that Julie has had to implement is to re-lock all the doors after Lucas has gone to bed.