Home Safety with Entry & Egress
- Are doors and windows working properly so everyone get out if there was a fire?
- There should be 2 ways out of every sleeping area in a home.
- Are there deadbolt locks and heavy-duty strike plates for home security?
- Provide outdoor security lighting that is timer or motion-detector controlled.
Home Safety in Living, Dining & Family Rooms
- Is there a carbon monoxide alarm on every level where your family spends time?
- Are safety plugs on unused outlets if you have small children?
- Are window treatments free of dangling cords if small children are present?
- Do you have programmable timers to turn lamps on and off when you're away for security?
- Are extension cords in good condition and being used safely?
- Electrical outlets should not be overloaded.
- Have additional outlets installed by an electrician if needed.
- Use outlet surge protectors for audio, video, and computer equipment.
- Windows kept free of furniture if small children are present.
- Candles should be in sturdy non-combustible holders.
- Never leave burning candles unattended.
Safety in the Kitchen
- Never leave cooking unattended.
- Keep combustibles away from your stove.
- Pot holders should be in easy reach while cooking.
- Pot handles should be turned inward to avoid spilling.
- Do you have a smoke alarm with silence button?
- Do frying pans have a lid available for covering a grease fire?
- Is there a multi-purpose fire extinguisher in the kitchen?
- Do you keep a safe zone (3 feet) for children around the stove when cooking?
- Do rugs have nonslip backings, or are they kept secure with pads or double-faced tape?
- Have you installed childproof safety latches on cabinets that contain cleaning materials?
- Are electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters?
- Are there individual shut-off valves for each gas appliance?
- For appliances, use only heavy-duty cords extension cords that are specifically made for appliances.
- Keep the range hood or vent free of built-up grease.
- Place radios, televisions, and small electric appliances safely away from the sink.
- Keep a list of emergency numbers located prominently near the phone.
- Do you practice safe storage of lighters and matches to keep them away from children?
- Grills should be used safely and at least 10 feet from your home.
Safety in Bath Areas
- Do you have an up-to-date first-aid kit?
- Do you have anti-scald shower / tub water controls?
- Are there grab bars within easy reach in each tub and shower stall?
- Do you have shatter-resistant faucet parts with no sharp edges?
- Is there a night light?
- Do you have childproof safety latches on cabinets containing dangerous materials?
- Are electrical outlets positioned away from water fixtures and fitted with a ground-fault circuit interrupter?
Furnace & Utility Room Safety
- Do you keep combustibles three feet from heating equipment?
- Do you have your furnace inspected annually?
- Clean lint from inside and behind your clothes dryer.
- Does the room have a working smoke alarm?
- A carbon monoxide alarm at least 15 to 20 feet from furnace.
- Is there a fire extinguisher available?
Safety in Bedroom Areas
Keep the following items and equipment available in bedrooms:
- A carbon monoxide alarm within 10 feet of each bedroom
- A fire-escape ladder (if bedrooms are above main levels)
- A fire extinguisher
- A list of emergency numbers posted near any telephones
- A night light
- A rechargeable flashlight
- A smoke alarm in every bedroom and main hallway
- The control center for your home security system
Safety in the Garage
- Does your garage have a smoke or heat alarm?
- Is there a fire extinguisher in the garage?
- Do you have a fire extinguisher in your vehicles?
- Do you have a first-aid kit?
- Tools should be well maintained, and you should always use safety guards and glasses.
- Electrical outlets equipped with ground-fault circuit interrupters.
- Is there telephone for summoning emergency help?