Home safety checklist
Preventing accidents is priority. Complete this checklist to make sure that your home is safe.

General indoor safety

  • There are emergency number lists at phone extensions.
  • Panic buttons are installed.
  • Burglar alarms and fire alarms have been installed and tested.
  • There are two emergency exits.
  • A fire escape plan has been practised. 
  • There is a working fire extinguisher.
  • All heaters are in good condition, out of a child's reach and placed at least 1m from curtains, any paper and furniture, and have protective covers. 
  • Electric cords are not frayed or overloaded and are out of reach. 
  • Electric plug points are fitted with safety covers.
  • The strength of stairs, railings, porches and balconies has been checked. 
  • Bookcases with children's toys on a secure and cannot topple over if the child climbs on it.
  • Toddler gates are installed at the top and bottom of all stairways.
  • Toy chests have lightweight lids, no lids, or safe closing hinges. 
  • Safety latches or locks installed on all cabinets.
  • Handbags containing any vitamins, medications, cigarettes, matches, jewellery and calculators are out of reach. 
  • Harmful houseplants are out of reach.
  • Glass doors are fitted with safety glass.
  • There are stickers on glass doors at your toddler's eye level.
  • Blind cords are looped out of reach. 
  • Hazardous substances are safely stored away.
  • Medicines and vitamins are out of reach and in childproof containers.
  • Cleaning products are out of reach and sight.
  • All household poisons are in thier original containers in high, locked cabinets (not under sinks).
  • Cleaning products are stored separately from food.
  • Door stops are on doors to prevent them slamming on fingers. 

Kitchen safety

  • High chairs and stools are placed away from the stove. 
  • Knives are out of child's reach. 
  • Appliances are unplugged (and plugs switched off) when not in use and cords are tucked away.
  • Dustbins are out of reach.
  • Pots on the stove are placed at the back out of reach with handles facing inward. 

Outdoor safety

  • Playground equipment is assembled correctly over a level, cushioned surface such as sand or wood chips.
  • The pool is enclosed with fencing at least, 1,5m high and all gates are self-closing and self-latching.
  • The pool is covered with a pool net.
  • Fish ponds, water features and all bodies of water are covered with nets. 
  • There are no thorny or poisonous plants in the garden. 
  • Garage doors and electric gates have safety mechanisms that stop the door if it encounters an obstacle.
  • Garage gates have a safety mechanism that stops them coming off the hinges and falling on the child.
  • Ladders are securely stored away so children cannot climb onto roofs. 

Bathroom safety

  • Anti-slip mats/stickers are in the bath.
  • The maximum temperature of the geyser has been turned to medium heat.
  • Electrical appliances (radios, hair dryers) are kept out of the bathroom, away from water, and out of reach. 
  • Bath plugs are stored out of reach and safety locks are on toilets. 
  • Razor blades, scissors and hazardous substances are locked out of reach. 
  • Never leave your child alone in the bathroom or in the bath.


  • Firearms are locked in a safe and are inaccessible to children.
  • Guns are stored unloaded with ammunition stored separately.

Bite prevention

  • Teach your child never to try to separate fighting animals.
  • Do not leave a young child alone with an animal, even a familiar pet.
  • Avoid unfamiliar animals.

Burn prevention

  • If your bathroom taps are easily turned on teach your child never to touch them.
  • Never carry hot liquids or food near your child. 
  • Do not hold your child on your lap when eating or drinking anything hot. 
  • Do not leave matches, lighters, candles or other flammable materials where your children can find them. 
  • Be careful when using portable heaters, irons, curling tongs and other appliances .
  • Make sure your child knows not to go anywhere near and open fire or braai.
  • Do not light braais or fires with petrol, oil or other flammable liquids. 

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