Home safety

Stay safe in your home by following this basic home safety checklist from The Royal Society for the Protection of Accidents :

  • Avoid trips, slips and falls by ensuring halls & stairways are always well lit and free from clutter
  • Change light bulbs safely, without the risk of falling, by using a stable step–stool. Avoid using old chairs to climb on.
  • Avoid burns and scalds by always using the cooker’s back ring or hotplate first and position panhandles so that they can’t be pulled over
  • Reduce the risk of electrical fires and electrocution by never using appliances with cracked plugs or worn cables.
  • Avoid overloading electric sockets with too many appliances.
  • Avoid fire risks by using guards with all fires and heaters and keep clothing, furniture and curtains away from all heat sources, including candles
  • Reduce trips, slips and falls by always quickly cleaning up spills.
  • Don’t risk electrocution by taking electrical appliances into the bathroom.
  • Water is a good conductor of electricity so you should never touch electrical appliances with wet hands.

You can find more about safety in the kitchen on our cooking pages here

Check that the parent/carer/responsible adult in your home knows about these parts of the checklist:

  • Stay safe from fire by testing smoke alarms monthly and be sure all the family know how to escape in the event of a fire
  • Reduce the likelihood of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty flues or equipment by having gas, oil or solid fuel heating appliances professionally serviced once a year
  • Poisoning or chemical burns can be prevented storing medicines and household chemicals out of sight and out of reach of children, preferably in a secure, high-level kitchen cupboard

If you are a young parent, you will of course have particular responsibility for the safety of your baby/children; your health visitor will help you to create a safe environment.

You might also be interested in our other pages on looking after your home and possessions:

In charge of house and home
Take care of your stuff