Home Safety Checklist

Home Safety Check List

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.
  • Barbeque 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.