Home Safety Checklist

HOME SAFETY CHECKLIST

 

FACTS

  • Millions of Americans over the age of 65 visit the emergency room annually with injuries related to using consumer products. Some of these injuries are fatal.
  • Home safety assessments and corrective actions for identified risks reduce injuries and fatalities.

 

HOME SAFETY ASSESSMENT TOOL

  • Use the following worksheet to look for home safety risks.
  • Speak to the MMC team about solutions and resources to help with improving home safety.

 

HOME ENTRY

Yes No  
    Is there adequate lighting for the driveway, garage, walkways, exterior doors and the trash area?
    Is the driveway in good repair with no cracks, gaps, ruts, or loose stones?
    Are walkways clearly visible with no cracks, gaps, ruts, loose stones, or obstructions by bushes or grass?
    Are there handrails along the walkway especially if it is steep or has stairs?
    Are exterior stairs sturdy and in good condition with handrails?
    Does the garage have overhead lighting with a clear path to walk through and handrails if steps are present?
    Do entryways to the home have adequate lighting, a large enough pad for opening the door, and easy to use latches or handles?
    Do sliding glass doors have decals at eye level to prevent walking into the doors?
    If there is a patio or deck, is it sturdy, free of obstructions, and secured with a gate if stairs are present?

 

HOME INTERIOR – HALLS AND STAIRS

Yes No  
    Do hallways have adequate lighting, a clear path without throw rugs or tripping obstacles, and low, smooth thresholds between floor surfaces (ie carpet to hardwood, hardwood to vinyl, etc)?
    Are interior stairs sturdy and in good condition with handrails?
    Are stair treads/carpets in good repair and slip-resistant with stair edges clearly visible?

 

HOME INTERIOR – BATHROOMS

Yes No  
   

 

Does the shower have a non-skid bathmat, a shower curtain that is the correct length to prevent tripping, and  easily accessible toiletries?
    Are assistive devices such as a hand-held shower head, grab bars and a shower seat needed?
    Does the toilet area have easily accessible toilet paper from a seated position and an elevated seat and/or grab bars if needed?

 

HOME INTERIOR – KITCHEN

Yes No  
    Is the sink area easy to reach with hot and cold faucets identified?
    Are stove burners and controls easily accessible, oven pads present,  resting places near the stove/oven for hot vessels available, and easy-to-use timers within reach?
    Is the microwave easily accessible with oven pads present and a resting place nearby for hot vessels?
    Are there any trip hazards such as area rugs or electrical cords?

 

HOME INTERIOR – LAUNDRY ROOM

Yes No  
    Are the washer and dryer an adequate height to add and remove clothes,  with easily accessible controls on the appliances?
    Are laundry supplies easily accessible?
    Does the laundry room floor have a non-slip surface that is free of trip hazards such as laundry baskets or dirty clothes?

 

HOME INTERIOR – BEDROOMS

Yes No  
    Is there adequate lighting that is reachable from the bed?
    Are there trip hazards present such as bed covers, blankets, or curtains touching the floor, electrical cords, throw rugs, area rugs with upturned corners, carpet that is not tacked down, or finished floors without non-skid surfaces?
    Can windows, with secure shades or blinds, be easily opened?

 

HOME INTERIOR – CLOSETS

Yes No  
    Are the clothing poles and shelves easily accessible in a well-lit space?
    Are closet doors secure including staying on the track if one is present?
    Is the closet organized without excess clutter including no items on the floor?

 

GENERAL SAFETY

Yes No  
    Does the older person know what to do in the event of an emergency including who to call and what to tell them (ie name, age, address, telephone number)?
    Are smoke and carbon monoxide detectors present and functioning?
    Is there a fire extinguisher at the home?
    Does a family member or neighbor have an extra key to the home or is there one hidden outside that close contacts are aware of?
    Are guns, alcohol, poisonous products including chemicals and plants, and unused medications securely stored?