Check for the basics throughout your home


  • Do you have emergency numbers next to the phone?
  • Is there a stepladder handy?
  • Are electrical outlets exposed?
  • They can be covered if unused. Are extension cords frayed? Replace them.
  • Do you check electrical outlets to be sure they’re not overloaded?
  • Do you know where the circuit breaker or fuse box is?
  • Do you have spares?
  • Do you know how to turn off the electricity and gas in an emergency?
  • Do you have fresh batteries in the smoke detector and the carbon monoxide detector?
  • Is your fire extinguisher ready to use?
  • Are your floors non-skid?
  • Are your floor coverings and rugs secure?
  • Do you have protective screens in front of fireplaces?
  • Are candles kept away from walls and curtains?
  • Do interior doors have safety release locks so they can open from either side?
  • If there are small children in your home, are windows and screens secure?
  • Is lead-free paint used on all surfaces?
  • Are furnaces and flues regularly inspected and cleaned?
  • Does everyone know two ways to exit your home?

Don’t rest until you’ve checked your bedrooms

  • Is a light within easy reach of the bed?
  • Are room heaters placed away from furniture and turned off at bedtime?
  • Are rooms with freestanding heaters kept well ventilated?
  • Is your baby’s mattress firm and crib free of pillows and loose blankets?
  • Are infant’s and toddler’s toys soft, with individual parts too large to be swallowed?
  • Are pins and detachable decorations removed from small children’s clothes?
  • Are plastic dry cleaner’s bags destroyed or kept out of children’s reach?
  • Does everyone know that there is no smoking in bedrooms?
  • Are candles kept away from windows and curtains?
  • Are closets kept clean enough for doors to open safely?

Congratulations for every “yes. For every “no,” please correct the problem quickly. You’ll be making your home sweet home a home safe home.

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