HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST FOR THE ELDERLY

All Areas of the Home

CHECK ALL CORDS

1. Are lamps, and electronic cords placed out of the flow of traffic? YES___ NO___

2. Are cords out from beneath furniture and rugs or carpeting? YES___ NO___

3. Are cords attached to the walls, baseboards, etc., with nails or staples? YES___ NO___

4. Are electrical cords in good condition, not frayed or cracked? YES___ NO___

5. Do extension cords carry more than their proper load, as indicated by the ratings labeled on the cord and the appliance? YES___ NO___

CHECK ALL RUGS, RUNNERS AND MATS

1. Are all small rugs and runners slip-resistant? YES___ NO___

2. Are emergency numbers posted on or near the telephone? YES___ NO___

3. Do you have access to a telephone if you fall (or experience some other emergency which prevents you from standing and reaching a wall phone)? YES___ NO___

CHECK SMOKE DETECTORS

1. Are smoke detectors properly located? YES___ NO___

2. Do you have properly working smoke detectors? YES___ NO___

CHECK ELECTRICAL OUTLETS AND SWITCHES

1. Are any outlets and switches unusually warm or hot to the touch? YES___ NO___

2. Do all outlets and switches have cover plates and no wiring is exposed? YES___ NO___

3. Are light bulbs the appropriate size and type for the lamp or fixture? YES___ NO___

CHECK SPACE HEATERS

1. Are heaters which come with a 3-prong plug being used in a 3-hole outlet or with a properly attached adapter? YES___ NO___

2. Are small stoves and heaters placed where they can not be knocked over, and away from furnishings and flammable materials, such as curtains or rugs? YES___ NO___

3. If your home has space heating equipment, such as a kerosene heater, a gas heater or an LP gas heater, do you understand the installation and operating instructions thoroughly? YES___ NO___

Review the installation and operating instructions. Call your local fire department if you have additional questions.

CHECK WOODBURNING HEATING EQUIPMENT

1. Is wood burning equipment installed properly? YES___ NO___

NOTE: Some insurance companies will not cover fire losses if wood stoves are not installed according to local codes.

CHECK THE EMERGENCY EXIT PLAN

1. Do you have an emergency exit plan and an alternate emergency exit plan in case of a fire? YES___ NO___

Develop an emergency exit plan. Choose a meeting place outside your home so you can be sure that everyone is capable of escape quickly and safely. Practice the plan from time to time to make sure everyone is capable of escape quickly and safely.

Kitchen Area

CHECK THE RANGE AREA

1. Are towels, curtains, and other things that might catch fire located away from the range? YES___ NO___

2. Do you wear clothing with short or close-fitting sleeves while you are cooking? YES___ NO___

3. Are kitchen ventilation systems or range exhausts functioning properly and are they in use while you are cooking? YES___ NO___

4. Are all extension cords and appliance cords located away from the sink or range areas? YES___ NO___

5. Does good, even lighting exist over the stove, sink, and counter top work areas, especially where food is sliced or cut? YES___ NO___

6. Do you have a step stool which is stable and in good repair? YES___ NO___

In the Living Room/Family Room

CHECK CHIMNEYS

1. Are chimneys clear from accumulations of leaves, and other debris that can clog them? YES___ NO___

2. Has the chimney been cleaned within the past year? YES___ NO___

CHECK PASSAGEWAYS

1. Are hallways, passageways between rooms, and other heavy traffic areas well lit? YES___ NO___

2. Install night lights. Reduce glare by using frosted bulbs, indirect lighting, shades or globes on light fixtures, or partially closing blinds or curtains. Consider using additional lamps or light fixtures. Make sure that the bulbs you use are the right type and wattage for the light fixture.

3. Are exits and passageways kept clear? YES___ NO___

Remember: Check the Living Room/Family Room and passageways for
all items under “All Areas of the Home” above.

In the Bathroom

CHECK BATHTUB AND SHOWER AREAS

1. Are bathtubs and showers equipped with non-skid mats, abrasive strips, or surfaces that are not slippery? YES___ NO___

2. Do bathtubs and showers have at least one (preferably two) grab bars? YES___ NO___

3. Is the temperature 120 degrees or lower? YES___ NO___

CHECK LIGHTING

1. Is a light switch located near the entrance to the bathroom? YES___ NO___

CHECK SMALL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

1. Are small electrical appliances such as hair dryers, shavers, curling irons, etc., unplugged when not in use? YES___ NO___

CHECK MEDICATIONS

1. Are all medicines stored in the containers that they came in and are they clearly marked? YES___ NO___

NOTE: Many poisonings occur when children visiting grandparents go through the medicine cabinet or grandmother’s purse. In homes where grandchildren or other youngsters are frequent visitors, medicines should be purchased in containers with child-resistant caps, and the caps properly closed after each use. Store medicines beyond the reach of children.

In the Bedrooms

CHECK AREAS AROUND BEDS

1. Are lamps or light switches within reach of each bed? YES___ NO___

2. Are ash trays, smoking materials, or other fire sources (heaters, hot plates, teapots, etc.) located away from beds or bedding? YES___ NO___

3. Is anything covering your electric blanket when in use? YES___ NO___
“Tucking in” electric blankets, or placing additional coverings on top of them can cause excessive heat buildup which can start a fire.

4. Do you avoid “tucking in” the sides or ends of your electric blanket? YES___ NO___

5. Do you ever go to sleep with a heating pad which is turned on? YES___ NO___

6. Is there a telephone close to your bed? YES___ NO___

In Basement/Garage/Workshop/Storage Areas

CHECK LIGHTING

1. Are work areas, especially areas where power tools are used, well lit? YES___ NO___

2. Can you turn on the lights without first having to walk through a dark area? YES___ NO___

CHECK THE FUSE BOX OR CIRCUIT BREAKERS

1. If fuses are used, are they the correct size for the circuit? YES___ NO___

CHECK APPLIANCES AND POWER TOOLS

1. Are power tools equipped with a 3-prong plug or marked to show that they are double insulated? YES___ NO___

2. Are power tools guards in place? YES___ NO___

3. Has the grounding feature on any 3-prong plug been defeated by removal of the grounding pin or by improperly using an adapter? YES___ NO___

CHECK FLAMMABLE AND VOLATILE LIQUIDS

1. Are containers of volatile liquids tightly capped? YES___ NO___
* If not tightly closed, vapors may escape that may be toxic when inhaled. Check containers periodically to make sure they are tightly closed.

NOTE: CPSC has reports of several cases in which gasoline, stored as much as 10 feet from a gas water heater, exploded. Many people are unaware that gas fumes can travel that far.

2. Are gasoline, paints, solvents, or other products that give off vapors or fumes stored away from ignition sources? YES___ NO___

In Stairways

CHECK LIGHTING

1. Are stairs well lighted? YES___ NO___

2. Are light switches located at both the top and bottom of the stairs? YES___ NO___

CHECK STEPS

1. Do the steps allow secure footing? YES___ NO___

2. Are steps even and of the same size and height? YES___ NO___

3. Are the coverings on the steps in good condition? YES___ NO___

4. Can you clearly see the edges of the steps? YES___ NO___

5. Is anything stored on the stairway, even temporarily? YES___ NO___

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