Each year, many older Americans are injured in and around their homes. The U.S. Consumer-Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 1981, over 622,000 people over age 65 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with products they live with and use everyday.
CPSC believes that many of these injuries result from hazards that are easy to overlook, but also easy to fix. By spotting these hazards and taking some simple steps to correct them, many injuries might be prevented.
Use this checklist to spot possible safety problems which may be present in your home. Check YES or NO to answer each question. Then go back over the list and take action to correct those items which may need attention.
Keep this checklist as a reminder of safe practices, and use it periodically to re-check your home.
This checklist is organized by areas in the home. However, there are some potential hazards that need to be checked in more than just one area of your home. These are highlighted at the beginning of the checklist and short reminders are included in each other section of the checklist.
We encourage photocopying or reprinting this information.
We have provided the following home safety checklist. Please feel free to go through the list, check all "yes" and "no" responses that apply, and finally print out your results
In all areas of your home, check all electrical and telephone cords; rugs, runners and mats; telephone areas; smoke detectors; electrical outlets and switches; light bulbs; space heaters; woodburning stoves; and your emergency exit plan.
Are lamp, extension, and telephone cords placed out of the flow of traffic?
Are cords out from beneath furniture and rugs or carpeting?
Are cords attached to the walls, baseboards, etc. with nails or staples?
Are electrical cords in good condition, not frayed or cracked?
Do extension cords carry more than their proper load, as indicated by the ratings labeled on the cord and the appliance?