Home Safety Checklist

Home Safety Checklist
  • Review checklist and identity things you need to do.
  • Take First Aid and CPR. Keep First Aid book handy.
  • Make a priority list of things to do.
  • Meet with household twice a year. Review emergency plan.
  Housing Structure & Ground Stability
  • Know the threats that can affect your area (tornado, earthquakes, etc.).
  • Check with local building officials and engineers to find out
    • What type of ground is under your house. (This affects its stability.)
    • What changes you may need to make your house structurally safe.
For example: If you live in an earthquake area, have your house inspected for unsafe construction (i.e., unreinforced masonry, non-ductile concrete) and stability of the ground under you home. Bolting and bracing wood frame buildings to foundation can make them safer during an earthquake.

Home Security
  Doors & Windows
  • Lock doors at all times
  • Install good quality deadbolt locks on all entrance doors.
  • Install peepholes or wide-angle viewers accessible to everyone.
  • Do not open the door to anybody you do not know.
  • Install keyed locking devices that secure the doors frame. Sliding glass can be the easiest point of entry. Place a bar along the track to prevent the doors from being opened.
  • Install devices to prevent the windows from being opened more than a couple of inches. Make sure you can escape from a fire.
  • Prune shrubbery that can hide windows - especially basement windows.
  • Keep indoor lighting on.
  • Install motion detector lighting
  • Install outdoor lighting. Place some lights out of reach from ground. Aim lighting away from house so you can see if anybody is approaching.
When You are away from Home
  • Stop newspaper delivery. Hold your mail or ask a neighbor to pick it up.
  • Ask a neighbor to tend your yard and watch your home.
  • Never leave messages on answering machine indicating you are away.
Fire Safety

Inside the Home

  • Install smoke detectors. Test and change batteries biannually.
  • Install a home sprinkler system.
  • Keep fire extinguisher near stove (5 lb., ABC type). Train family and test.
  • Put out unattended cigarettes, candles. Recycle paper right away.
  • Remove toxic and flammable materials from home and yard ...
    • When using, ventilate and keep clear of heat sources and fire.
    • When storing, use tightly close, unbreakable, fire-safe containers. Label properly. Keep away from heat, direct sunlight and small children.
  • Keep drapes, combustibles at least 3 feet away from heat sources.
Outside the Home
  • Create a "defensible space" at least 30 feet (10 meters) by removing brush around house. Keep flammable materials 30 feet (10 meters) away. Prune branches away from roof. Clear gutters. Maintain regularly.
  • Build roof or reroof with fire resistant materials.
  • Mark water sources or hydrant and maintain easy firefighter access.
  • Mark decks fire resistant.
  • Plant fire resistant plants.
  • Open burn only when/where permitted.
  • Request branches cleared from power lines.


Medication & Chemical Safety

  • Remove unnecessary chemicals and medications from home.
  • Keep medications and chemical away from children. Use child-resistant caps. Lock cabinets and storage areas.
  • Label all chemicals and medications.
Neighborhood Safety

  • Meet with your neighbors at least once a year. Get to know them.
  • Create a personal support network. Identify a neighbor. Agree to watch each other's home when you are away. Check on each other after a disaster. Swap keys and lists of whom to notify in an emergency.
  • Start a Neighbor Watch program and meet periodically.
  • Attend talks on neighbor crime watch and emergency response.
  • Encourage your block to prepare a neighborhood preparedness plan.
  • Report unusual or suspicious behavior to the local law enforcement.


City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
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