Home Safety Checklist

Walk through each room in your home using this checklist to find out what you can do to make your house safer.

Stairways and Walkways

  • Stairs are well-lit and free of clutter.
  • Sturdy handrails are on both sides of your stairs.
  • Sidewalks are level and clear of any debris, including leaves, ice, and snow.
  • Wooden steps have a nonslip finish.


  • Night light is in your bathroom.
  • Non-slip mats are in bathtub and shower.
  • Sturdy grab bars are next to your bathtub and toilet.
  • Toilet seat is at least 24 inches high. (If not, install a raised toilet seat.)
  • A seat is in your bathtub or shower to make bathing and showering easier.
  • Bathroom floor has a nonslip finish.


  • Night lights are in your bedroom and hallways.
  • Telephone is near your bed.
  • Flashlight is within easy reach.
  • You have an exit route planned in case of fire.

Living Spaces

  • Clutter, such as stacks of magazines and newspapers, is out of the way.
  • Furniture is arranged so you can move easily through the room.
  • Floor coverings are nonslip and nonskid mats are under throw rugs.
  • Carpets lie flat on the floor.
  • Carpets with thick, shag-type pile have been removed.
  • Telephone and electrical cords are out of the way.
  • Your address and phone number are written down near the phone.
  • If you have a fireplace, there is a spark screen in front of it.
  • Water heater is set between 120° and 125° F to prevent burns.
  • Smoke detectors are installed on every floor of your home.
  • The battery in your smoke detector is changed every year and checked once a month.


  • Cabinets are arranged so that common items are within easy reach.
  • Thin rubber mats are placed in front of the sink and stove.
  • A sturdy step stool is handy so that you can reach items in your cabinets.
  • Knives and other sharp tools are stored in protective racks.
  • Counter space around the stove is clear so you can put hot items down quickly.
  • Kitchen timer is near the stove as a reminder to turn off the oven and burners.

Clinical review by Chris Fordyce, MD
Kaiser Permanente
Reviewed 03/01/2014
Making Changes to Prevent Falls

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This room-by-room guide will give you tips on how to make your home safer.