Home Safety Checklist

Use the Home Safety Checklist to spot possible dangers in your home. As you find potential dangers, work with your family to eliminate those dangers and make your home safer.


Checkbox Are pot handles turned inward when cooking?
Checkbox Do you store food and household cleaners separately?
Checkbox Are knives and other sharp items out of child's reach?
Checkbox Do you wipe or pick up spilled water, grease or food peelings immediately?
Checkbox Do you dry your hands before handling an electrical appliance?
Checkbox Do your kitchen appliances have the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) designation?
Checkbox Do you keep kitchen cabinets, doors and drawers closed?
Checkbox Do you use microwave-safe containers for microwave cooking?
Checkbox Are potholders, dishtowels and spice racks away from the stove so they won't catch fire?
Checkbox Do you keep a pot lid near the stove to smother flames from a grease fire?
Checkbox If there are small children in your home, have you installed child-resistant safety latches on all cabinets?
Checkbox Do you have plenty of light at the stove; sink and countertop work areas, especially where you cut food?


Checkbox Does your tub or shower have a slip-resistant surface to stand on?
Checkbox Are grab bars securely fastened?
Checkbox Are medicines clearly labeled?
Checkbox Is the medicine chest cleaned out regularly in order to get rid of expired medication?
Checkbox Is the toilet seat and lid kept down when not in use?
Checkbox Are medicines in child-resistant containers?
Checkbox Are there safety latches on all drawers or cabinets?
Checkbox Are hair dryers and other appliances stored away from sink, tub and toilet?
Checkbox Are medicines, cosmetics, sprays, cleaners, mouthwash, hair care products, etc., out of children's reach?
Checkbox Do you store breakable bottles and jars where they can't be shattered?


CheckboxAre space heaters kept away from curtains and flammable materials?
CheckboxAre cosmetics and perfumes stored out of a child's reach?
CheckboxIs there a lamp or light switch within reach of bed? Falls can happen easily in a dark room.
CheckboxAre children's beds placed away from all windows?
CheckboxCan you reach your clothes in the closet and the dresser?

Garage / Basement / Utility Room

CheckboxAre insect spray and weed killers in a locked area?
CheckboxAre gasoline and car products in a locked storage cabinet?
CheckboxAre oily rags and cleaning cloths in a metal receptacle?
CheckboxAre flammable products in safety cans and stored separately in a well-ventilated storage area?
CheckboxAre all cleaners and paint products in their original containers?
CheckboxDo you check the area around the car before you back it out of the garage?
CheckboxDo you keep the garage door open whenever you run the car engine inside the garage?
CheckboxDo you inspect your garage door regularly for broken or worn parts?

General Precautions

Checkbox Are stairways kept clear and uncluttered?
Checkbox Are stairs and hallways well lit?
Checkbox Are rugs and runners skid-proof?
Checkbox Are rugs and carpets free of curled edges, worn spots and rips?
Checkbox Are curtain cords and shade pulls kept out of children's reach?
Checkbox Are guards or screens installed around fireplaces, radiators, hot pipes, and wood-burning stoves?
Checkbox Are smoke detectors installed on each level?
Checkbox Are smoke detector batteries changed every six months and checked monthly?
Checkbox Are sharp edges of furniture cushioned with corner guards or other materials?
Checkbox Do you keep the instruction manuals for your appliances so you can check if something goes wrong?
Checkbox Do you know where the emergency shutoffs are located for electrical, gas and water service?
Checkbox Are plastic bags kept out of a child's reach?
Checkbox Is the thermostat on the water heater set to 120 F?
Checkbox Do you have an emergency exit plan to use in case of fire?
Checkbox Does your family practice using this emergency exit plan?
Checkbox Is a list of emergency phone numbers, such as police, fire, doctor, and poison control next to each phone?
Checkbox Are unused electrical outlets covered with safety covers?
Checkbox Are windows secured with window locks?
Checkbox Are all stairways in good condition, with no broken, sagging or sloping steps?
Checkbox Are there sturdy handrails or banisters by all steps and stairs?
Checkbox Do you have a carbon monoxide detector?
Checkbox Are poisonous plants kept out of children's reach?
Checkbox Do you have Syrup of Ipecac in you home for use as directed in poisoning emergencies?
Checkbox Do you have a sturdy stool that you can use to reach high cupboards and shelves?
Checkbox Can you walk across every room in your home without detouring around furniture?