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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.
 

 

For more information or to discuss healthy living concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

In case of emergency, please call 911 or your local hospital emergency service.


This content was last modified on: 08/11/2008

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