May 1997 Edition

Room-by-Room Safety Checklist!

We saw a Room-by-Room safety check list in some publication, but cannot seem to locate it. Are you aware of a list that could help make our home safer?
The only one we are familiar with is one published by Allstate Insurance. The following is a reprint of the list:
ENTRY
   Shatterproof glass in doors and sidelights.
   Dead-bolt locks and heavy-duty strike plates.
   A peephole or intercom system to allow you to monitor who is at the door.
   Outdoor security lighting that is timer or motion-detector controlled.
LIVING, DINING & FAMILY ROOMS
    Extension cords placed safely away from areas where they could be stepped on or tripped over.
    Outlet surge protectors for audio, video and computer equipment.
    Windows kept free of furniture if small children are present.
    Programmable timers to turn lamps on and off when you’re away.
    Window treatments free of dangling cords if small children are present.
    Safety caps on unused outlets.
KITCHEN
    A smoke detector.
    A fire extinguisher.
    A copy of first-aid procedures.
    Adequate task and general lighting.
    Safe storage for knives, food-processor blades and other sharp tools.
    Scatter rugs that have nonslip backings or that are attached with pads or double-faced tape.
    Childproof safety latches on cabinets that contain cleaning materials.
    Electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters.
    Individual shut-off valves for each gas appliance.
    Flexible gas connectors located where they can’t be kicked or bent.
    Short heavy-duty extension cords for appliances.
    A range hood or vent kept free of built-up grease.
    Storage for cloth items (such as hot pads and dish towels) and paper items well away from the range.
    Radios, televisions and small electric appliances located safety away from the sink.
    A list of emergency numbers located prominently near the phone.
LAUNDRY ROOM
    A smoke detector.
    A fire extinguisher.
    A carbon-monoxide detector (for a gas dryer).
    Regularly clean dryer venting.
BATHS
    An up-to-date first-aid kit.
    Anti-scald shower/tub water controls.
    Grab bars within easy reach in each tub and shower stall.
    Permanently recessed soap dishes to minimize chance of injury in a fall.
    Shatter-resistant faucet parts with no sharp edges.
    A shower stall light in a vapor-proof enclosure, with the switch located at least 6 feet away from the shower stall.
    Shower and tub doors made of impact-resistant safety glass.
    Slip-resistant flooring material.
    Scatter rugs securely anchored with pads or double-faced tape.
    Slip-resistant strips or mats in the shower or tub and on the floor, where water is likely to spill.
    A night light.
    Childproof safety latches on cabinets containing dangerous materials.
    An electrical outlet positioned away from water fixtures and fitted with a ground-fault circuit interrupter.
FURNACE ROOMS
    A smoke detector.
    A carbon-monoxide detector.
    A fire extinguisher.
BEDROOMS
    A smoke detector.
    A list of emergency phone numbers near the telephone.
    The control center for your home security system.
    An intercom that lets you monitor who’s at entry doors, check on a sleeping child, or alert the household in an emergency (in the master bedroom).
    A master console that controls all yard and home security lighting.
    A flashlight.
    A night light.
    Fire-escape ladders.
    Windows kept free of furniture if small children are present.
GARAGE
    A smoke detector.
    A fire extinguisher.
    Adequate security locks on the garage door and all entry doors - both into the garage and the home.
    A well-maintained automatic door opener with properly adjusted sensitivity control.
    Outdoor security lighting that is timer or motion-detector controlled.
    Electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters.
Workshop
   A smoke detector.
   A fire extinguisher.
   A first-aid kit.
   Well maintained tools and equipment.
   A telephone for summoning emergency help.
   A list of emergency phone numbers near the telephone.
   Electrical outlets that are fitted with ground-fault circuit interrupters.

If you have a question, change of address, comment, home tip or would like to send Home Tips to your clients, send your letter to Home Tips, Christian Building Inspectors, Inc., 3697 Habersham Lane, Duluth, Georgia 30096. You can E-Mail your questions to us at rodharrison@christianbuildinginspectors.com. We reserve the right to edit questions for length. 


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If you have a question, change of address, comment, home tip or would like to send Home Tips to your clients, send your letter to Home Tips, Christian Building Inspectors, Inc., 3697 Habersham Lane, Duluth, Georgia 30096. You can E-Mail your questions to us at rodharrison@christianbuildinginspectors.com. We reserve the right to edit questions for length.


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Pat Graves

Century 21/Real Estate Unlimited

Norcross, Georgia

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