Safety Checklists

Home Safety Checklist

The Home Safety Checklist is designed specifically for companies that wish to provide a Home Safety Checklist to their clients or customers. The checklist is an easy-to-use, yet comprehensive list of safety related issues that can be assessed by the client/customer using a yes or no response indicator. This document in its draft form contains numerous of the standard clauses commonly used in these types of checklists, and it can be customized to include any specific language that may be necessary. This checklist should be used by individuals or small businesses that want to provide their consumers with a home safety checklist.

Home Safety Checklist

From _____ [Instruction: Insert company name providing checklist.]

_____ [Instruction: Insert company phone number of company providing checklist.]

_____ [Instruction: Insert company address of company providing checklist.]

Is your home safe and efficient? Take a good look at the rooms in your home and complete this checklist. If you answered "yes" to questions, you're on your way to a safe home. If there are a few "no" answers, you may want to consider having some remodeling/building completed to assist you. Please feel free to call _____ [Instruction: Insert company contact name.] at _____ [Instruction: Insert company name providing checklist.] for a free home analysis and/or to find out how we can help you with your home improvement needs.

The Bathroom

Yes No

  • The bathroom door is at least 32" wide
  • My door can be unlocked from the outside
  • My door opens into the hallway
  • There is enough floor space for a wheelchair to move in
  • The transition between the bathroom and any other accessible room is flat enough for a wheelchair to easily roll over
  • The floor has a non-slip surface, and all rugs are removed
  • I have a telephone that I can reach in the bathroom
  • There is a flat ledge on my tub wide enough to sit on
  • The bathtub has a non-slip surface
  • I am able to reach the water controls from outside the tub
  • I am able to reach my towel, shampoo or other toiletries while I sit in the tub
  • I have grab bars around my tub and in the tub, which are easily accessible
  • I have a hand-held shower
  • The water controls have an anti-scald device
  • I have a walk in shower
  • I have a safe, secure shower seat
  • There are grab bars around my toilet
  • The grab bars can support up to 250 pounds
  • The grab bars are securely fastened to the wall studs
  • The grab bars are between 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 inches around
  • The grab bars are textured, for ease in gripping
  • There is a 1 1/2 inch space between the grab bar and the wall
  • My sink is 34 inches from the floor
  • I am able to sit at the sink - there's room for my knees
  • I have one control to use for hot and cold water
  • I have lever-type handles, (not knobs)
  • My sink has an anti-scald device
  • I have enough counter space to hold items within reach
  • I am easily able to reach towels on the towel holder
  • I can easily reach the medicine cabinet when I am sitting down
  • My toilet is 17" from the floor
  • There is at least 18'' of open space in front of the toilet
  • There is 42" of floor space on one side of the toilet
  • I am able to easily reach the toilet paper
  • All rugs are removed from the bathroom
  • I have removed my shower doors (use curtain instead)
  • ***any other concerns???
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The Kitchen

Yes No

  • My kitchen floor has a non-slip surface and all rugs are removed
  • I have a fire extinguisher that is easy to reach
  • The microwave is at least 48" from the floor
  • My sink is no more than 6 1/2 inches deep
  • My sink is 34" from the floor
  • I have one faucet to control hot and cold water
  • I have lever-type handles (not knobs)
  • There is knee space under the sink
  • I have a spray hose on my sink
  • My sink has an anti-scald device
  • My dishwasher is 8" off the floor
  • I have room next to the dishwasher for a chair
  • At least one counter is 36" from the floor
  • That counter has knee space underneath
  • My countertops are free of clutter
  • My countertops are well lit
  • The edges of the countertops are a different color than the rest of the counter
  • The edges of the countertops are rounded
  • My countertops are made of a heat resistant surface
  • I have countertops on both sides of the sink, refrigerator and stove
  • My upper kitchen cabinets are only 48" from the floor
  • My lower cabinets are six inches above the floor
  • All the heavy pots and pans are kept in the lower cabinets
  • I can reach everything in my upper cabinets with ease
  • I have at least one lower cabinet that has slide out shelves
  • I have a Lazy-Susan on a deep or corner cabinet
  • I am able to reach and use my oven easily
  • The oven has a door that swings to the side
  • My kitchen cabinets have easy to use handles
  • I can reach the stove and oven controls easily
  • All of the cabinets are securely fastened - no loose doors or hinges
  • I don't have any shelves that seem to be bowing in
  • My kitchen floor is free from broken or torn tiles
  • ***any other concerns?

Getting into and around my home

Yes No

  • I have a smooth pathway from the curb to the house
    • If it slopes, it is a gentle slope, and not steep
    • The pathway is at least 36" wide
    • The path is free of trees, shrubs or other debris
    • The pathway is even - no broken concrete or holes
    • My pathway is well lit
    • I have motion detector lights outside my entrance doors
    • I have a well secured railing by my front steps
    • My home is equipped with a bathroom and bedroom on the first floor
    • I can easily access my washer and dryer
    • My floors are free of clutter
    • There are no area rugs in the house
    • The carpeting is firmly in place - no slipping
    • My other floors are even, with no torn or broken flooring
    • The threshholds are firmly in place
    • My wooden floors are not warped, and there are no nailpops or broken pieces
    • My front doorway is at least 32" wide
    • I have lever-type handles on all my doors
    • There is an overhang above the door
    • There is an outside shelf near the door
    • My front porch is visible from the street
    • All the doorways inside my home are at least 32" wide
    • There is clear floor space on the handle side of each door
    • I can easily reach all outlets and light switches
    • The treads (flat part) of my stairs are 11-12" deep and at least 36" wide
    • I have one landing for every 10 steps in my staircase
    • The stairway has a safely hung railing on each side
    • The stairwell is well lit
    • There are light switches at both the top and bottom of the stairs

    Railings and Ramps

    Yes No

    • Every step or stairwell has a handrail
    • Each handrail is about 34 from the floor and is rounded at the end
    • The railing is 1 1/2 inches from the wall
    • The railing can support up to 250 pounds
    • The railing extends 12" beyond the top and bottom step
    • All handrails are screwed tightly into the wall studs
    • I check the handrails regularly to make sure they aren't loose
    • A professional built the ramp at my home and was constructed to standard codes
    • The ramp has guardrails made of wood
    • The ramp is not slippery when wet
    • The ramp is built close to the house
    • The ramp has a landing at the top and the bottom
    • If it is a long ramp, there is a landing in the middle
    • Each landing is 60" long and 60" wide
    • The ramp is level from side to side
    • There are guardrails along the bottom of the ramp to keep someone from falling
    • There is a 2" edging along the floor sides of the ramp
    • There are stairs to use if the ramp isn't needed
    • ***any other concerns?

    Closets

    Yes No

    • I've gone through my clothes and gotten rid of items I don't use
    • I can reach my closet items easily
    • The clothing rod is 20-44" above the floor
    • I have a closet organizing system that I use
    • I have full extension drawers that pull out all the way
    • My shelves are no longer than 18" deep
    • I have convenient shoe storage
    • I have a light in my closet
    • I am able to easily reach the light switch
    • My closet door is at least 32" wide

    Electrical Outlets and Lighting

    Yes No

    • I can easily access all electrical outlets
    • All of my appliances are within 6" of the outlet
    • My outlets are up to standard code, including the use of GFI outlets where necessary
    • I try not to use any extension cords
    • I can turn on a lamp in each room via a switch by the door
    • There is an electric outlet by each door
    • I use mostly incandescent lights in my home
    • I use the highest wattage bulbs allowed for each light fixture
    • I use nightlights in parts of my home where I walk after dark
    • My light fixtures are easy to clean
    • I clean light fixtures regularly
    • My outdoor light fixtures are working properly and are cleaned regularly
    • ***any other concerns?

    Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

    Yes No

    • I have a smoke detector on each floor of my home
    • I have a smoke detector outside of each bedroom
    • All the smoke detectors are mounted on the ceiling
    • The batteries in the detectors are changed at least twice a year
    • I keep a fire extinguisher on each floor of my home
    • I know how to use the fire extinguisher
    • I have at least one operable carbon monoxide detector
    • I know how to test, and do test, my carbon monoxide detector(s) at least once per year
    • My detectors are hardwired to the local police and/or fire station

    Alarm System

    Yes No

    • I have an operable alarm system
    • My alarm system is hardwired into the house and mounted to a cell phone to
    • prevent malfunction in case of storms or burglars cutting the telephone lines
    • My alarm system is set to contact me on my cell phone
    • My alarm system is hardwired to the local police and/or fire station in case I do not respond
    • My alarm system has an easily accessible panel near each door to turn it on and off
    • My alarm system has motion detectors which are properly installed and operable
    • My alarm system has a separate panic button which can be used to contact the fire department or police station
    • My alarm system has alternative phone numbers to contact in case they cannot reach me in an emergency
    • ***Any other concerns?
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