Step-by-Step Safety in Your Home

Step-by-Step Safety in Your Home

Use our checklist to easily take care of safety concerns in your home.


Home safety is a major concern. This article gives you a checklist of safety issues in your home that you can easily take care of.

A lot goes into turning a house into a home—and one of the most important parts is making sure it’s safe. Thankfully, there are many easy things you can do to help prevent accidents in your home, beginning with our checklist of safety tips.

Home Safety Tips Fire Extinguisher

  • Place a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and every other floor of your home.
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher before you need to use it.
  • Check extinguisher gauges often, and occasionally turn it over to make sure the contents don’t become compacted at the bottom.

Smoke Alarms

  • Install battery-powered smoke alarms to be prepared for early warnings of smoke in your home.
  • Check your local building codes to make sure you have the right kind of smoke detector and enough of them for the size and layout of your home.
  • Place detectors in bedrooms, and also install battery-powered carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home.
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Tip: When you change your clocks for daylight savings time, replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and check fire extinguisher gauges to make sure they’re full.

First Aid Kit

  • Keep a well-stocked first aid kit in a centrally located spot in your home.
  • It should include activated charcoal, adhesive tape, antiseptic ointment, adhesive bandages, blanket, cold pack, disposable gloves, gauze, hand cleaner, plastic bags, scissors, tweezers and a small flashlight with extra batteries.

General Tips

  • If you have children, or children that visit often, place plastic covers over electrical outlets.
  • Store cleaning products and other chemicals out of reach or within locked cabinets and drawers.
  • Keep the phone number of your local Poison Control Center in an easily accessible, obvious spot, like a household chore list or bulletin board.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) electrical outlets in the kitchen, bathroom and around any water source. They can help prevent electrocutions, electric shocks and some electric fires.
  • Keep electronics away from all sinks, bathtubs and showers.
  • Investigate stains or cracks that appear in ceilings. They could be signs of a water leak, and if not taken care of, the ceiling could weaken. If the problem is serious, call a professional.
  • Take a tour around your home looking in and around everything for potential hazards, like old appliances, fraying wires or overloaded electrical outlets.
  • Fix or add padding to pieces of furniture that have sharp edges.
  • Before having visitors over, especially young children, think about what kids might get into, especially at their level. 

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