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Backyard and Pool: Household Safety Checklist
Are all walkways and outdoor stairways well lit?
Are all walkways clear of toys, objects, or anything blocking a clear path?
Are all sidewalks and outdoor stairways free of concrete cracks or missing pieces?
Are all garbage cans securely covered?
Are all swing sets parts free from rust, splinters, and sharp edges?
Are all parts on swing sets or other outdoor equipment securely fastened?
Is the surface beneath the swing set soft enough (cushioned with material such as sand, mulch, wood chips, or approved rubber surfacing mats) to absorb the shock of a fall?
Are all outdoor toys put away in a secure, dry place when not in use?
Is there climb-proof fencing at least 5 feet (1.5 meters) high on all sides of the pool?
Does the pool fence have a self-closing gate with a childproof lock?
If the pool can be accessed through a door to the house, do you have a door alarm installed?
Have all ladders been removed from an above-ground pool when not in use?
Other Safety Issues
Have you removed any poisonous houseplants?
Do you have a no-smoking rule in your home to protect kids from secondhand smoke?
Has your house been tested for lead, radon, asbestos, mercury, mold, and carbon monoxide?
If there are guns in the home, are they kept in a locked cabinet with the key hidden and the ammunition locked separately?
Do you always supervise your child around pets, especially dogs?
Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: March 2018
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Cook Children's Health Care System
Fort Worth, Texas