Home Safety Checklist
Walk through each room in your home using this checklist to find out what you can do to make your house safer.
Stairways and Walkways
- Stairs are well-lit and free of clutter.
- Sturdy handrails are on both sides of your stairs.
- Sidewalks are level and clear of any debris, including leaves, ice, and snow.
- Wooden steps have a nonslip finish.
- Night light is in your bathroom.
- Non-slip mats are in bathtub and shower.
- Sturdy grab bars are next to your bathtub and toilet.
- Toilet seat is at least 24 inches high. (If not, install a raised toilet seat.)
- A seat is in your bathtub or shower to make bathing and showering easier.
- Bathroom floor has a nonslip finish.
- Night lights are in your bedroom and hallways.
- Telephone is near your bed.
- Flashlight is within easy reach.
- You have an exit route planned in case of fire.
- Clutter, such as stacks of magazines and newspapers, is out of the way.
- Furniture is arranged so you can move easily through the room.
- Floor coverings are nonslip and nonskid mats are under throw rugs.
- Carpets lie flat on the floor.
- Carpets with thick, shag-type pile have been removed.
- Telephone and electrical cords are out of the way.
- Your address and phone number are written down near the phone.
- If you have a fireplace, there is a spark screen in front of it.
- Water heater is set between 120° and 125° F to prevent burns.
- Smoke detectors are installed on every floor of your home.
- The battery in your smoke detector is changed every year and checked once a month.
- Cabinets are arranged so that common items are within easy reach.
- Thin rubber mats are placed in front of the sink and stove.
- A sturdy step stool is handy so that you can reach items in your cabinets.
- Knives and other sharp tools are stored in protective racks.
- Counter space around the stove is clear so you can put hot items down quickly.
- Kitchen timer is near the stove as a reminder to turn off the oven and burners.
Clinical review by Chris Himes, MD