SAFETY IN YOUR HOME

Kitchen

____Matches are kept where children cannot get them.

____Knives and sharp instruments are kept in a special knife drawer or holder out of reach of children.

____Can openers don’t leave sharp edges on cans.

____Lye, disinfectants, and cleaning products are kept out of reach of children.

____Pan handles are turned away from stove edges.

____Spilled grease, water, or bits of food are wiped up immediately.

____Pot holders are within easy reach.

____A fire extinguisher is mounted near the stove.

 

Bathroom

____Tub and shower are equipped with strong handholds.

____Tub floor has nonslip surface.

____Poisons are clearly marked, sealed shut in the original container with adhesive tape, and kept out of reach of children.

____All medicines are out of reach of children and stored in childproof containers.

____All cabinets and drawers that contain medications are locked.

____No one takes medicine in the dark; lights are turned on and labels read.

 

Attic and Garage

____Ladder is strong, solid, and sturdily constructed.

____Children keep skates and play gear in a specific place.

____Walls and beams are free from protruding nails.

____Fuses or circuit breakers are the proper size.

____Rubbish and flammable materials are kept in covered metal cans until they’re disposed of.

____Wastepaper is kept away from furnace; kept neatly in a box or bag.

 

Living Room and Dining Room

____Furniture is placed to allow free passage.

____Before bedtime, furniture placement is checked for orderliness to prevent collisions in the dark.

____Furniture and woodwork are solid, in good repair, and free form splinters and rough spots.

____Fireplace screen fits snugly.

____Rugs are fastened or laid on nonslip pads.

____Rugs are kept from curling at their edges.

____Wax on floors is thoroughly buffed.

____Fire in fireplace is extinguished at bedtime.

____Candles are in stable holders and carefully extinguished after use and before bedtime or leaving home.

 

Bedroom

____Smoke alarm has fresh battery or secure electrical connection and is tested regularly.

____Carbon monoxide detector has fresh battery or secure electrical connection and is tested regularly.

____Light switch or lamp is within easy reach from bed.

____A night-light illuminates bedroom or hall.

____Bureau and dresser drawers are closed when not in use.

____A bar across bunk beds helps prevent falls.

____Children are taught not to lean against windows or window screens.

____Low-sill windows are sturdily screened to prevent children from falling.

____Smoking in bed is prohibited.

____Gas and electric heating devices are turned off at bedtime.

 

Nursery

____Bars on crib are closely spaced so baby cannot slip head between them.

____Crib is approved by Consumer Products/safety group.

____Sleeping garments and covers keep baby warm without danger of smothering or strangling.

____Crib is free from sharp edges or corners.

____Pillows are kept out of bassinet or crib.

____No thin, plastic material is in or near the crib.

____No toys or objects in the crib or within reach are small enough for baby to swallow or to insert in nose or ears. No toys or objects have small parts such as eyes that can be        removed.

___Children are taught not to give marbles, jacks, or other small toys to younger children.

___Toys are sturdy, do not come apart readily, and have no sharp edges or points.

___Nontoxic paint is used on baby furniture and toys.

____All house plants are nonpoisonous.

 

Stoves, Furnaces, and Heaters

____Stoves are located away from windows to avoid setting fire to curtains.

____Stove and furnace pipes and flues are inspected and cleaned at least annually.

____Gas burners are properly adjusted and free from leaks.

____Water heater and all small gas or oil room heaters are equipped with vent pipes or flues to carry combustion gases outside the house.

____Water heater or boiler has a safety valve and is checked annually.

____Flames of gas burners are protected from drafts.

____An insulating shield protects woodwork within 18 inches of furnace, stove, or heater.

____An appropriate size crescent wrench is stored near the shutoff valve of outside gas line.

 

Porch, Yard, and Garage

­­­­____Railings and banisters are sound and inspected periodically.

____Steps and walkways are kept free from ice and snow.

____Yard and play space are free of holes, stones, broken glass, nail-studded boards, tools, and other litter.

____Dangerous products and chemicals such as antifreeze, insecticides, cleaning fluid, and lubricants are kept in the original container in locked storage areas.

____Wires and low fences are brightly painted or marked with cloth strips to make them clearly visible.

____Wells, cisterns, and pits are kept securely covered.

____Disposable materials are not burned outside.

____An area is marked off in the garage for bicycles, wagons, and other small vehicles.

____Lawnmower is equipped with proper safeguards.

 

Workshop

____Good ventilation exists, especially when sanding.

____Safety goggles and/or face mask are available, with appropriate eyewash.

____Baking soda is kept handy to neutralize acid burns.

____All electrical tools are either grounded with three wire plugs or clearly marked as double-insulated.

____Work area is free of clutter, including lumber scraps and oily rags.

____Lighting over work area is adequate.

____All tools and accessories have a place and are in their place except those in use on a project.

____Guards are in place on all power tools.

____A push stick is available for use with power saws.

 

Electrical Devices and Fixtures

____Electrical fixtures and appliances are located and used beyond arm’s length of sink, stove, tub, shower, or other grounded metal objects unless outlet is protected by a ground-fault interrupter.

____No one touches electrical fixtures or appliances with wet hands or while standing on a wet floor.

____Seldom-used electrical appliances are disconnected when not in use.

____All pull-type sockets have an insulating link.

____Household appliances are disconnected before repairs or adjustments are made.

____Unused, open, screw-type sockets are plugged closed.

____Frayed and worn electrical cords are promptly replaced.

____Long trailing cords are not in evidence.

____Cords are kept out from under rugs, doors, and movable furniture.

____Extension cords are UL-approved and the proper wire size for the load.

____Children are taught never to touch electrical sockets or fixtures.

____Fuses are adequate for the load and are not bypassed.

____Circuit breakers are not overloaded.

 

General

____Home has smoke alarm system, with at least one smoke detector in each bedroom and additional detector in garage.

____Everything has a place and is in its place.

____Strong, rigid stepladder is kept in good repair and stored out of the way.

____Window screens and storm windows are securely fastened.

____Dry cleaning solutions, if used, are nonflammable and nonpoisonous, and are only used outside the home.

____Guns are stored unloaded and in locked cases.

____Guns and ammunition are stored separately.

____Children are permitted to use only blunt-end scissors.

____Clothing worn for housework is free from drooping sleeves, sashes, or frills.

____Shoes worn for housework have low heels.

____Kerosene, gasoline, paint thinners, and other volatile materials are stored in open metal containers.

____Everyone turns on a light before entering a dark room.

____Matches are extinguished before they’re thrown away.

____Children are never permitted to play with matches.

____Fire extinguishers are readily available.

 

For Emergency

____Know the 911 emergency number( or other emergency numbers, including fire department, police or sheriff, poison control center, and ambulance, if the 911 emergency system is not available in your area).

____Know the location of water, gas, and electric shutoffs, and be sure each is checked at least once a year.

____Have a first-aid kit*approved by your doctor or the American Red Cross and replenish supplies as needed.

____Know basic first-aid procedures.

____Have a fire escape plan from your home.

____Have emergency water supplies stored in your home in case the primary water supply fails.

____Have handheld flashlights readily available for emergency use, night and day.

____Know how to get emergency help for any member of your family.