Charlie’s In-Home Safety Checklist




Preventable injuries in and around the home are the most common cause of death in children ages 1-14 years. While it may be impossible to eliminate all risks in the home, you can take steps to reduce them. Here are a few ideas. To see a complete list and take a virtual tour, please check our website at www.CharliesHouse.org.

  • Learn more about household poisons by always checking product labels.
  • Secure dressers (even short ones), televisions, bookcases and other tip-prone furniture to the wall with furniture straps.
  • Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone.
  • Use plug covers or caps in all electrical outlets.
  • Shorten cords on appliances that could be pulled down.
  • Lock or latch cabinets that children should not get into.
  • Use doorknob covers.
  • Test smoke alarms and change batteries every six months.
  • Set hot water heater to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Move baby’s crib away from any windows.
  • Install window blind cord wind-ups.
  • Apply stove and burner covers.
  • Use back burners first when cooking.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher and store in the kitchen.
  • Place knives and matches out of children’s reach.
  • If you have a gun in your home, make sure that it is stored unloaded and locked with ammunition stored and locked separately.

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