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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.