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Home safety checklist

This list identifies most of the common hazards that could cause falls. Homes come in all manner of shapes and sizes. If something does not apply to your home, move on to the next question. For example, if you live in a flat or bungalow, questions relating to stairs may not apply to you. We suggest you print the home safety checklist and fill it in as you look around your home by entering a tick or cross against each item.

Take a look at our ‘daily living equipment’ pages to help you find the items you may need and where you can buy them.

Bathroom safety

  • Grab bars are on the bathroom walls, near the toilet or along the bathtub or shower
  • A slip-resistant rug is next to bathtub or shower
  • A mounted or suction liquid soap dispenser is on the bathtub/shower wall
  • A non-slip mat is on the bathtub/shower floor
  • A sturdy plastic seat (shower chair) is placed in the bathtub or shower
  • There is a raised toilet seat or a toilet seat with armrests to maintain balance getting on or off the toilet
  • An extra long mirror is over the sink so it can be used when sitting
  • Items for washing and drying are within easy reach
  • The bathroom is well lit

Bedroom safety

  • Clutter is cleared from the floor so that nothing is in the way
  • A lamp, torch and telephone are within easy reach near the bed
  • Nightlights are placed along the path from the bedroom to the bathroom
  • A raised mattress is available to get in and out of bed easily
  • The bedroom is well lit

Living area safety

  • Furniture is arranged to create clear paths between rooms
  • Low coffee tables, magazine racks, footrests, and plants are removed from pathways in rooms used
  • Light switches are easily accessible at entrances to rooms
  • Glow in the dark switches or sound-activated lamps are available
  • Loose rugs are secured with double faced tape or slip resistant backing.
  • Electric appliance and telephone cords are out of your way but not put under rugs
  • There are no wobbly chairs or tables which can be leaned upon
  • Rugs are secured on concrete, ceramic or marble floors
  • There are no loose wood floorboards that need repair
  • Furniture is firm, high and has armrests to assist in standing
  • A cordless phone is close by so there is no danger of hurrying to reach the phone
  • There are no loose trailing wires or other tripping hazards
  • Living and dining rooms are well lit

Kitchen safety

  • There are no loose rugs or mats
  • There is no liquid, grease or food spilled on the floor that needs to be cleaned up
  • Food, dishes and cooking equipment are stored at an easy-to-reach, waist high level
  • A step stool with a handrail is available to reach upper cabinets
  • Non-skid floor wax has been used on the floor
  • A counter-top toaster is available to avoid leaning over to or trying to reach an oven
  • The kitchen is well lit

Stairs

  • Stairways are well lit
  • Floor coverings are in good repair and are securely fixed
  • Stairways have a strong handrail, preferably on both sides

Carpet

  • Carpet is not patterned or deep pile
  • Carpet is a solid colour to show the edges of steps more clearly
  • A brightly coloured piece of tape is used if there is difficulty seeing the edge of the stairs

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