New Year, New You - Home Safety Checklist 2017


Electrical Cords and Outlets

  • Check for frayed wires (repair or replace any loose or frayed wires on all electrical devices)

  • Follow the path of cords (cords should not run under rugs or across doorways)

  • Baby-Proof (if you have small children - place plastic covers on unused outlets)

  • Rethink extension cords (consider adding electrical outlets where you currently rely on extension cords)

  • Check for a faulty electrical system (feel all outlets and plugs to see if any are warm; if so, have an electrician check them)

  • Don't overload the system (make sure that you've followed the manufacturer's directions about maximum wattage of lamp bulbs and outlet requirements for plugs)

  • And don't overload any one outlet (be certain that you have no more than one high-wattage appliance plugged into a single outlet)

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors generously (these should be on each floor of the house, covering all sleeping areas)

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly (replace any that don't work-in any case, they should be replaced every 10 years)

  • Replace batteries annually (or sooner, if the alarm chirps)

  • Clean all detectors (vacuum each grill)

  • Post the fire department's carbon monoxide - reporting emergency number (if it differs from 911, keep it by each phone)

  • Demonstrate the sound of each detector (family members need to know the difference)

  • Test your Security (Burglar) and Fire alarms regularly

Fire Extinguishers

  • Place extinguishers strategically (keep one in the kitchen and one on every floor - learn how to use them)

  • Replace extinguishers when necessary (follow the schedule suggested by the manufacturer; and always replace an extinguisher that appears damaged)

Escape Plans

  • Create an escape plan with two exit routes in case of fire (practice it twice a year (once at night) with the whole family)

  • Choose a meeting place (set a plan for meeting up - in case of local or national disaster)

  • If you live in a two-story house, buy a rescue ladder (it should attach to an upper-level window casing to provide an alternate escape route)

  • Install safety gates (if you have small children; bar at the top and bottom of the stairs)

  • Lock up hazardous materials (place any poisonous or hazardous products in locked cabinets - poison control hotline: 800-222-1222 post by every phone)

  • Are there children in the house? Ensure that all medications and vitamins have child proof caps (store them out of children's reach)

  • Stow away any sharp knives (scissors and cosmetic tools too, as well as matches, plastic bags - keep out of children's reach)

  • Install padding on furniture with sharp edges (place doorknob covers on entry doors - so young children cannot go outside unattended)

  • If you have a pool, fence it in (a pool should be enclosed with a four sided fence and a child proof gate)

  • Teach children their address, and how to dial 911 (as early as possible)


  • Install a sturdy deadbolt lock on every door to the outside (this should include the door into the house from the garage)

  • Keep your house looking lived-in when your away (arrange for the lawn to be mowed, stop mail delivery, leave a car in the driveway, ensure that your security system is set to turn lights off and on)

  • Prominently advertise your home security system (make sure that your yard and window signs are visible)

  • Examine your landscaping (trim shrubs and trees near windows and doors that can provide hiding places for burglars, prune limbs that could serve as ladders to upper windows)

  • Purchase a metal bar or a solid wood dowel to insert in the track of sliding glass doors (this will help to prevent anyone from opening them)

  • Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor or nearby friend (thieves know all about fake rocks, and other hide a key tricks)

  • Install motion sensing floodlights in the backyard (or, any other particularly dark outdoor area)

  • Test your Security (Burglar) and Fire alarms regularly


  • Make sure that your house number is visible from the street (it needs to be easily spotted, in case emergency personnel needs to find you)

  • Store flammable liquids away from any flame source (outside of the house is preferable)

  • Keep flammable objects away from the kitchen stove

  • Plug a rechargeable flashlight into the socket near your bed (you'll be able to find your way through smoke in a fire or, signal to firefighters)

  • Install lights and light switches at the top and the bottom of the stairs (prevent falls in the dark)

  • Paint the bottom basement step a BRIGHT color - so, it's more visible (you will be less likely to mistake it for the floor)

  • Test your alarm system.

  • Update your Emergency (ECL) Call List - if necessary.

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