Kitchen/Bathroom Safety

A Kitchen is the heart of many homes.

Its where families share meals, cookies are baked and memories are created. It can also be a place where accidents happen.

The Local Experts wants to help keep your family safe, so all your memories are fond ones.

This checklist for your kitchen and bath will highlight common hazards that are prevalent in many homes. Take note and prevent future accidents in your home.

Know what’s cooking in your kitchen

  • Are window curtains pulled away from your stove?
  • Are electrical appliances unplugged when not in use?
  • Do gas appliances have flue ventilation?
  • Is there a light over the sink and the stove?
  • Are freezers and trash compactors locked to protect children?
  • Do you keep kitchen drawers and cupboards closed?
  • Are knives and sharp tools stored in a rack or drawer?
  • Do cooking pot handles point away from the stove’s edge?
  • Are cleaning supplies stored out of children’s reach? Do you have pot or dish holders near the stove?

Clean up any bathroom hazards

  • Do tubs and showers have non-skid surfaces? Or mats?
  • Have grab bars been securely installed alongside the bathtub, shower and toilet – especially if someone is elderly or disabled?
  • Are all electrical appliances kept away from water and unplugged after use?
  • Are all medicines (including vitamins) kept in locked cabinets – out of children’s reach?
  • Do you separate medicines for external use only from other medicines?
  • Do you throw away outdated prescription drugs?
  • Are infants and young children always supervised when bathing?
  • Can the bathroom door be unlocked from inside and out?

Home Basics / Bedrooms

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.

Martin Minda

Martin Minda

CENTURY 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage*
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