Checklist for safe homes
How safe is your home? Use this checklist to test your home safety.
IN THE HOME
- Have smoke detectors and check the batteries regularly.
- Prevent falls from windows, stairs, furniture, and playground equipment.
- Keep household cleaners and medicines out of the reach of young children.
- Set the water heater no higher than 130 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent burns.
- Keep guns locked up and unloaded.
- Know escape routes from every room in the home.
- Know what to do in case of fire at home, at school, and elsewhere.
- Wear bike helmets when bicycling.
- Follow traffic laws when bicycling.
- Look both ways when crossing streets.
- Do not cross the street alone (young children).
- Supervise children when in or near water.
- Buckle seat belts (or ride in a car seat if under 40 pounds)
- Know CPR and/or first aid techniques.
- Post emergency numbers near the telephone.
- Know how and when to call 911 or other emergency numbers.
- Keep a first aid kit available.
by Martin A. Harms, M.D.
All ArmMed Media material is provided for information only and is neither advice nor a substitute for proper medical care. Consult a qualified healthcare professional who understands your particular history for individual concerns.