New Jersey Home Safety Inspection Checklist
Part I: Preventing Accidents
In the bathroom . . .
___Grab bars have been installed next to toilet and in
bath and/or shower.
___Bath and shower have non-skid surfaces.
___There is a nightlight.
___The hot water temperature is set to 120° or below.
___Floor surfaces are kept dry and clean.
In the bedroom . . .
___Furniture is placed where you won’t trip over it.
___Night lighting is adequate.
___You have a flashlight for emergency use.
Interior stairs and landings . . .
___Have handrails on both sides.
___Have adequate lighting.
___Have floor coverings in good repair.
___Are free of clutter.
In the kitchen . . .
___Floors are in good repair and kept dry.
___Sharp edges on appliances or countertops have
been removed or padded.
___Things you need are stored in easily reached
drawers and cupboards.
In other living spaces . . .
___Throw rugs have been removed or safely taped.
___All other floor coverings are in good shape.
___Traffic areas are well-lit and free of clutter.
Outside . . .
___Lighting is good.
___Walkways and stairs are clutter free.
Part II: Fire Safety
___Hazardous materials have been removed or
___All electrical appliances have been checked and
are in good order.
___Outlets are not overloaded.
___Extension cords are used properly.
___Chimneys and flues, if used heavily, have been checked
___Only light bulbs of the right size and wattage are used.
___ Space heaters are used correctly.
___Smoke detectors/alarms have been installed and
are in good working order.
___Everyone understands escape procedures and how
to report a fire.
Part III: Home Security
___Locks on all doors and windows are in good
___Outside areas are well-lit and free of unnecessary
___You have a bedside phone.
___Emergency numbers are plainly visible next to every