Walls & Floors, Doors & Windows, Furniture, Stairways: Household Safety Checklist

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Walls & Floors

  • Are walls in good condition, with no peeling or cracking paint (which could contain lead in older homes)?
  • Are rugs secured to floors or fitted with anti-slip pads underneath?

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?
  • Are there safety bars or window guards installed on upper-story windows?
  • Are window blind cords tied with clothespins or specially designed cord clips?

Furniture

  • Are bookshelves and other furniture secured with wall brackets so they can't be tipped over?
  • Is there protective padding on any corners of coffee tables, furniture, and countertops that have sharp edges?
  • Have you checked that all used or hand-me-down baby equipment hasn't been recalled?

Stairways

  • Are there hardware-mounted safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway?
  • 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?

Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: December 2009



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OrganizationAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) The AAP is committed to the health and well-being of infants, adolescents, and young adults. The website offers news articles and tips on health for families.
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