HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST
Any time is a good time to take a fresh look at the safety of your home. Use your common sense and the following checklist to
help evaluate home hazards and safeguard your family.
Inside the house
- When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms? Changed the batteries?
- Do you have a fire escape route for your family?
- Do you notice any frayed wires, wires under carpets, loose plugs or gas smells around pipes or appliances?
- Do your throw rugs have non-skid padding under them?
- Do your staircases have handrails and slip-resistant floor coverings?
- Is there a bath/shower mat near the bathtub or shower?
- Are household cleaning products and medications kept out of children’s reach? Do they have childproof caps?
- Do you have a carbon monoxide detector in your home?
- Is the number of your local poison control center posted near every phone?
Outside the house
- Uneven ground? Level problem areas or mark them to prevent a fall.
- Do you have ice-melt, salt, or sand for icy driveways, sidewalks and porches?
- Are power tools and hazardous substances like weed killers, fertilizers or grease-removing solvents locked inside a cabinet, out of children’s reach?
- Are flammable materials, such as gasoline or oil-soaked rags, in appropriate containers?
- Have you inspected your overhead garage door lately?
- Do you keep the garage door down and locked at all times, even if you are inside the house or in the yard?
- Is the automatic reverse mechanism working properly? Test it monthly!
- If you have a swimming pool, does it have a locked barrier to keep kids out when no adults are around to supervise them?
Content used with permission from the National Safety Council, a membership organization dedicated to protecting life and promoting health.
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In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.
This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008