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Walls & Floors, Doors & Windows, Furniture, Stairways: Household Safety Checklist
Walls & Floors
Are walls in good condition, with no peeling or cracking paint (which could contain lead in older homes)?
Are there any nails in the walls that should be removed?
Are mirrors and frames hung securely?
Are rugs secured to floors or fitted with anti-slip pads underneath?
Are the floors free of clutter?
Do your kids wear slippers when on a wooden or slippery floor?
Doors & Windows
Have you installed a finger-pinch guard on doors?
Have you removed the rubber tips from all door stops or installed one-piece door stops?
Have you placed doorknob covers on doors so that your toddler won't be able to leave the house?
Do all glass doors in the house contain decorative markers so they won't be mistaken for open doors?
Do all sliding doors have childproof locks?
Is all furniture placed away from windows?
Are there safety bars or window guards installed on upper-story windows?
Are there window stops to keep the windows from closing all the way?
Are window blind cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?
Are bookshelves and other furniture secured to the wall or floor so they can't be tipped over?
Is there protective padding on corners of coffee tables, furniture, and countertops that have sharp edges?
Do toy chests and other chests have safety hinges to prevent them from closing?
Have you checked that all used or hand-me-down baby equipment hasn't been recalled?
Are flatscreen TVs mounted securely on the wall? Are older, heavy TVs on a low, stable piece of furniture?
Are there stops on all removable drawers to prevent them from falling out?
Are there safety locks on drawers and cabinets?
Are beds and cribs away from windows?
Are there hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway?
Do the gates meet current safety standards?
Are stairways clear of tripping hazards, such as loose carpeting or toys?
Have you placed a guard on banisters and railings if your child can fit through the rails?
Are the railings and banisters secure?
Is the door to the basement steps kept locked?
Is there enough light in the stairway?
Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: March 2018
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