Make your happy home a safe one

You can help make sure your home is safe by using this checklist of safety tips from the National Safety Council, the United States Fire Administration and the National Institute on Aging.

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home. Test the batteries every month, and change 9-volt batteries at least once a year. Replace 9-volt battery and hard-wired smoke detectors every 8 to 10 years. Replace lithium battery smoke detectors according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Set space heaters at least 3 feet from anything combustible.
  • Keep a flashlight by your bed. Make sure it always has working batteries.
  • Place a telephone near your bed so that you can answer it without stumbling around in the dark.
  • Use no-slip mats in your bathtub or shower and no-slip rugs on bathroom or kitchen floors.
  • Install handrails on each side of every staircase.
  • Put grab bars in the bathtub, shower and by the toilet. This is important if you have an older or physically disabled person living in your home.
  • Use a one-step stool, not a chair, to help you reach shelves or change lightbulbs.
  • Have a first aid kit available for treating minor injuries.
  • Place night-lights in bedrooms, hallways and bathrooms.

reviewed 5/3/2019

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