Home Safety Checklist

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Entrances and Exits
Questions to Ask:

  • Are exterior pathways, porches and doorways well lit?

  • Are the walkways in good condition?

  • Are there handrails on both sides of the steps?

  • Are there scatter or throw rugs near the doorways that may cause tripping or slipping?

  • Does the door have a security peephole or view panel at the correct height?

  • Is the door threshold visible or does it contribute to trips or falls?

Recommendations:

  • Increase lighting along the pathways and entryways.

  • Install flood lights with motion sensors.

  • Install photoelectric “eyes” in light fixtures so lighting will turn on automatically at dusk.

  • Repair any holes, loose bricks or uneven areas of pathways.

  • Install handrails on both sides of steps.

  • Install lever door handles.

  • Remove all scatter or throw rugs throughout the house.

  • Install peepholes on exterior doors at a height right for you.

  • Install a beveled, no-step, no-trip threshold.

  • Install a bench beside the door to hold packages while you are opening the door.

Steps and Stairways
Questions to Ask:

  • Are they in good repair?

  • Is carpeting worn, torn or loose?

  • Are there secure handrails on both sides of the stairway?

  • Are there light switches at the tops and bottom of the indoor stairs?

  • Are the stairs well lighted?

  • Is there any clutter on the stairs?

  • Can you clearly see the edges of the steps?

  • Can the homeowner traverse the steps independently

Recommendations: 

  • Replace or remove any worn, torn or loose carpeting. Choose carpet pattern that doesn’t hide step edges, making it look like steps have ended when they haven’t.

  • Make sure no nail heads are sticking out.

  • Install handrails on both sides of the stairs at a height that is right for you.

  • Consider refinishing or replacing worn stair treads.

  • Install light switches at top and bottom of stairs.

  • Use the highest wattage light bulb approved for overhead or nearby light fixture.

  • Install night-lights at nearby outlets.

  • Remove all objects from stairway.

  • Paint edge of step with contrasting color if vision is impaired.

  • Add non-slip adhesive strip to uncarpeted stair treads.

  • Install Stair lift

Bathroom
Questions to ask:

  • Are the sink, bathtub and shower faucets easy to use?

  • Is the bathtub and / or shower floor slippery?

  • Do bath mats outside the tub have rubber backing and lie flat?

  • Are there grab bars in the bathtub, shower and toilet areas?

  • Can you safely and easily get in and out of the tub?

  • Is there a “garden” or “Jacuzzi” style tub? These are dangerous. See recommendations.

  • Is a low toilet making it hard to stand up?

  • Are there exposed hot water pipes beneath the sink?

  • Is there a handheld or adjustable height shower head?

  • Are faucets lever handle on vanity and shower?

  • Is there a bath seat in bathtub or shower?

  • Is the hot water heater set at 120⁰ or lower?

  • Are there small electrical appliances plugged in when not in use?

  • Is there good lighting?

Recommendations:

  • Install easy-to-use lever handles on sink, bathtub and shower faucets.

  • Use non-skid mats or non-slip strips on bathtub and shower floors.

  • Use only rubber-backed rugs or mats that stay firmly in place or secure them with double-sided rug tape or rubber carpet mesh.

  • Install grab bars (preferably 2) in bathtub, in shower and at toilet.

  • Install a toilet seat riser or comfort height toilet.

  • Insulate hot water pipes underneath sink.

  • Install a handheld or adjustable shower head.

  • Install lever handle faucets and shower trim. 

  • Install a bath seat or bath bench in bathtub or shower.

  • Consider removing a tub (especially garden or any deep tub) and replacing with a barrier-free shower.

  • Consider a “tub-cut” for easy access to a standard tub or a walk-in tub.

  • Set the water heater to 120⁰ to avoid scalding.

  • Install a compact fluorescent or highest wattage bulb allowed for lamp of fixture that does not cause excessive glare.

  • Install night-light and/or replace light switch with glow switch that can be seen in the dark.

  • Unplug all electrical appliances when not in use and never use any appliance near a filled sink or bathtub.

Kitchen
Questions to Ask:

  • Is there good lighting over the sink, stove and counter top work areas?

  • Are cabinets and cupboards easy to open?

  • Are stove controls easily reached? Does your hand come close to flame or electric coils?

  • Is a fire extinguisher within easy reach?

  • Do you have a sturdy step stool?

  • Are objects on shelves or in drawers easily accessible?

  • Does the sink have an anti-scald device?

  • Is there a counter top work area that can be used while seated?

  • Is there a nearby surface to rest hot foods when removed from the oven?

  • Are the microwave, dishwasher and oven at a comfortable height for you to use?

  • Do you use wax on the floor?

Recommendations:

  • Increase task lighting at sink, stove and work areas and use a compact fluorescent or highest wattage bulb approved for all fixtures. 

  • Install C or D type handles on cabinets and cupboards.

  • Add touch and color-contrasted stove controls for those with low vision.

  • Mount an ABC-rated fire extinguisher in an easy to reach place.

  • Only use step stools that have non-slip steps and grip handle.

  • Install adjustable, pull-down shelving to increase safe access to upper cabinets.

  • Install pull-out cabinetry or shelves under counters and corner lazy Susan.

  • Install pressure-balanced, temperature-regulated faucet and keep it at 120⁰ or lower.

  • Create counter top work space with knee clearance by installing pull-out cabinetry or by removing cabinet doors and shelves so you can work while seated.

  • Avoid using floor wax and don’t walk on just-cleaned floors until they have completely dried.

Living Room, Dining Room and Bedroom
Questions to Ask:

  • Are all passageways clear and well it?

  • Are there any electrical or telephone cords exposed along pathways?

  • Are rugs or carpets secured to the floor? Are there any scatter or throw rugs?

  • Is there ample light in all areas?

  • Are there smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of the house? Near bedrooms?

  • Is the telephone easily accessible from bed?

  • Are closets well-lit and easy to use?

  • Are light switches easy to use?

Recommendations:

  • Rearrange furniture to allow for clear, wide passageways.

  • Use natural light to the fullest by opening curtains, blinds and shades during daylight hours.

  • Use compact fluorescent or highest wattage bulb approved for all lamps and fixtures. 

  • Place all cords along a wall where they can’t cause tripping.

  • Remove cords from under furniture or carpeting to prevent fraying and possible fire.

  • Use double-sided tape or carpet mesh to secure all rugs. Remove scatter and throw rugs.

  • Install telephone jack or cordless phone close to favorite chair and bed.

  • Install touch-control lamp or clapper device that turns things on and off.

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every floor and be sure they can be heard from bedrooms.

  • Install a closet light and adjustable rods and shelves in closet


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Adam Samuel,ATP,CAPS, Owner

www.AvenueMedical.com
243 Quigley Blvd, Suite J New Castle, DE 19720
302-674-0907     

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