At Hyperion, we want to help families in making their home a safe and secure environment for their family. Young children provide and their natural curiosity provide parenting challenges. Shown below is a checklist which can help make your home safer for you and your children. The nice thing about this checklist is it features a number of one-time changes you can make to help prevent accidents and injuries, particularly childhood accidents.

Home Safety and Home Security for Parents

When looking at the checklist, examine your home and environment around it Рgo through each room, hallway and other areas in and around your home. Look at the yard, look inside and around storage sheds, basements and any place a child might venture. Consider each item on this checklist in looking at every room. Use a plus (+) to indicate that you have followed the recommendation in all relevant rooms. Make a minus (-) if you need to work on that suggestion.

A home security system can help you monitor your children’s activities that could be dangerous, including sensors on medicine cabinets, liquor cabinets or where chemicals or stored that can provide non-emergency alerts to your phone or device if opened. Additionally, video surveillance can help provide safety and security if your children are being watched by others or of the age where they may be home alone after school.

 

 

checkbox Check that all medications are in original containers with child-proof caps.
checkbox Discard old prescription drugs.
checkbox Have 1 ounce of Syrup of Ipecac on hand. Check expiration date.
checkbox Separate household cleaners from food and put out of children’s reach.
checkbox Check for poisonous plants at child’s level.
checkbox Check all drawers and cabinets within toddler’s reach for sharp, small (swallowable), toxic or other dangerous objects. This includes matches, lighters, pins, buttons, scissors, knives, razors, alcohol or medications.
checkbox Label flammable liquids and store in tightly capped, non-glass safety containers, away from heat and out of children’s reach.
checkbox Store paint, thinner and gasoline away from the house.
checkbox Check every room for poisons. Write the emergency number for local poison control center by the phone (see the local phone directory).
checkbox Locate pilot lights for furnaces and water heaters; remove all flammable liquids from rooms with pilot lights.
checkbox Install smoke detector in hall or near bedrooms. Place one detector on every level of the house. Inspect monthly.
checkbox Adjust water heater to 120 degree range. Wait 2 hours and check tap water with candy thermometer or contact the public works department for assistance.
checkbox Have an inspected fire extinguisher mounted in the kitchen.
checkbox Clean chimney annually.
checkbox Fasten drapes away from fireplaces/heaters.
checkbox Ensure that screens or guards are in front of fireplaces, wood stoves and open heaters.
checkbox Place non-skid mats or decals in the tub/shower.
checkbox Tack down carpets/rugs.
checkbox Ensure that there are no loose/broken stairs or walkways.
checkbox Secure wobbly railings on stairs or porches.
checkbox Attach safety gates at top and bottom of stairs to protect infants and toddlers.
checkbox Unplug and store electrical appliances (radio, hair dryer, razors) in bathroom when not in use.
checkbox Examine doors and windows to ensure that there are at least two unblocked exits from the house.
checkbox Safeguard swimming areas with precautions including gates, adequate adult supervision, four-sided fencing and a child-proof door lock if children have direct access from the house to the swimming pool.
checkbox Secure window screens to prevent intruders from breaking into the house.
checkbox Install child car seats or booster seats correctly and use properly.
checkbox Check neighborhood for water hazards, construction, unfenced pools, irrigation canals, storm drains.
checkbox Store tools and power equipment out of child’s reach.
checkbox Store firearms unloaded in locked cabinet with shells in a separate locked area.
checkbox Post 911 or emergency phone numbers on or near the phone.
checkbox Examine toys for sharp edges and removable small parts. No part should not be smaller than 1-5/8 inches across.
checkbox Check toy boxes for safe closing, lighweight lids or no lid. All toy boxes should be ventilated in case a child crawls inside.
checkbox Anchor home playground equipment firmly in the ground; cover exposed bolts, scews or sharp edges with plastic caps or tape; install play equipment at least 6 feet from fences and walls and on soft or grassy ground.
checkbox Check infant furniture and equipment for recommended safety features (2-3/8 inches width between baby crib slats, snug mattress fit).
checkbox Place plastic safety plugs in unused electrical outlets and extension cord sockets.
checkbox Secure extension cords out of child’s reach and not under rugs. Check cords and wiring for fraying and wear.
checkbox Keep first aid supplies well stocked and easily available.
checkbox Plan and practice family fire escape routes and procedures.
checkbox Install locks or safety latches on doors and screens.
checkbox Review home safety rules with children.
checkbox Store covered trash and recyclables out of child’s reach.
checkbox Take a moment to look around. Can you see anything else that might be dangerous? Keep in mind that children can usually do a little more than we realize. Try to look at each room from their eye level and point of view.

 

These items on this checklist were compiled primarily by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission by Karen DeBord, Ph.D., University of Missouri Human Development Extension State Specialist. Excerpts taken from Texas A&M Agrilife.