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Home safety checklist

Updated December 23, 2009

Mark each area that needs improvement and use this list to begin reducing the accident potential of your home.


  • Address numbers need to be clearly visible from the street
  • No grass, weeds or rubbish near any structures
  • Keep branches clear from electrical lines
  • Have a spark arrestor on your chimney to prevent hot embers from landing on the roof
  • No leaves or pine needles on roofs or gutters
  • 10-foot clearance from chimney tops to trees or anything close
  • Swimming pools and spas fenced


  • No open containers of paint or flammable solvents
  • All gasoline should be stored in safety bins or cans
  • Combustible oily rags should be stored in metal cans with lids
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher readily accessible
  • Pesticides, poisons and cleaners should be kept out of harm's way
  • Safety equipment, goggles and gloves present and in use
  • Extension cords unplugged after each use

Laundry/utility rooms

  • Hot water heaters should be set at 125 degrees to avoid hot water burns
  • No flammable materials should be within three feet of a water heater or furnace
  • Dryer should be vented outside and free of lint accumulation
  • Dangerous cleaning agents out of children's reach


  • All stove and oven pilots should be lit
  • Hood fan and broiler pan should be free of grease buildup
  • Turn all pan handles inward to prevent accidental burns to yourself and to children
  • ABC rated fire extinguisher readily available


  • Medications and cleaners should be kept out of reach of children
  • Infants should be supervised at all times when taking baths or near the toilet bowl

Living areas/bedrooms

  • Matches and lighters should be kept out of reach of children
  • Smoke detectors should be installed in every room and in hallways
  • Smoke detector batteries should be checked periodically and changed twice a year
  • Have at least two exits available from every room, and conduct regular exit drills
  • Iron security bars should be equipped with an interior emergency release device
  • No "octopus" outlets or overloaded sockets
  • No extension cords under rugs or tacked to walls
  • A fireplace screen in place, and the chimney leaned periodically

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