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Loss Prevention Corner

"Loss Prevention Corner" is a compilation of hundreds of practical tips to help you reduce your chances of having a loss, or to minimize your damage if you do. The tips are divided into categories such as Fire, Water Damage, Burglary, Identity Theft, and many more!

Safety for Seniors

Install handrails and nonskid rubber decals to showers or baths.


Check the setting on the water heater to prevent scalding accidents and, if necessary, install an anti-scalding mechanism to shower heads.


Consider replacing twist-type faucets with leavers so you can have a visual cue of the water's temperature.


Adjust the height of the toilet seat; what's comfortable depends on what your needs are.


Consider getting a seat with safety arms or installing a grab bar within easy reach of the toilet.


Install a light switch at the top and bottom of the stairs, and make sure there are railings on both sides.


If impaired depth perception is a problem, tape or paint the top and bottom steps a color that's different from the rest. Also make the ends of rails with a non-visual clue, such as a taped-on square of felt.


Cover steps with nonskid material, and keep stairs clear of clutter.


Install bright lighting- 100 to 200 watt bulbs- along paths that you use most often, in places where you take your medication, and in the places where you do close work, such as a workshop.


Illuminate the path from your bedroom to the bathroom and the kitchen with nightlights.


Make sure cords, wires, and throw rugs are tacked or taped down, or out of the way.


Cover slippery linoleum, tile, or wood floors with wall-to-wall carpeting.


Make sure range controls are located at the front of the stovetop so you can operate them without having to reach over hot burners.


Put a rack on the bottom of the sink to make it less deep if you have a problem with your back that makes it difficult for you to stand or bend.



During my 27 years as a Property and Casualty Insurance Agent in the Greater Boston area, I have been collecting, from many sources, lists of dos and don'ts related to various areas of Loss Prevention (also known as "Risk Management"). "Loss Prevention Corner' is a compilation of those Risk Management tips that we offer as POSSIBLE SUGGESTIONS. Each of these tips may or may not be appropriate at all times, since every situation is different. The tips are here for your consideration. You must decide which of them is right for you.

Michael A. Norman
Our Video Legacy / Owner









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Weekly Tip: Place the contents of your wallet on a photocopy machine. Do both sides of each license, credit card, etc. That way you will know what you had in your wallet and all of the account numbers and phone numbers to call and cancel. Keep the photocopy in a safe place!