Use this Home Safety Check List to make sure your home is free from fire and other hazards.
Smoke alarms are located in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, such as the hallway, and on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms are tested monthly to ensure the batteries are working properly.
- The residents have a fire escape plan in place and regularly practice it.
- Fire extinguishers are available on every level of the home.
- Carbon monoxide detectors are located near each bedroom and on every level of the home.
- The home has an emergency supply kit.
- Emergency phone numbers are programmed in the phone or posted near it.
- Deadbolt locks can be unlocked from the inside without a key.
- Combustible storage is separate from heaters and heating devices.
- No storage on stairs or in a manner that blocks exit doors or rescue windows.
- Flammable liquids are stored in proper containers and located away from sources of heat or ignition.
- Extension cords are not overloaded, worn, frayed, spliced, or otherwise damaged.
- Extension cords are not run under carpets or through walls or ceilings.
- All electrical switches and receptacles have a proper cover plate.
- Child locks are installed on all cabinets used to store dangerous items, such as poisons, cleaners, matches, and lighters.
- Correct address is displayed and easily visible from the street, even at night.
- Weeds, grass, vines, or other growth that may be ignited is cut down and removed.
- Pools, hot tubs, or other large bodies of water are surrounded by a four-foot fence, or a fence meeting local requirements, with self-closing gates which lock on the "inside" of the barrier or have a cover that meets industry standards.
- Barbecue grills are located a sufficient distance from siding, eaves, tree branches, and combustible decks in a well-ventilated area.
For more safety tips, visit the NFPA website.