Ten Steps Checklist

The following are ten steps that you can take to ensure your home is safer, healthier, and more comfortable:

1. Keep your bathroom clean and working

  • Plumbing checked for leaks and repaired.
  • Toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks cleared and ready to use.
  • Expired medication, make-up, creams, lotions, and sunscreen thrown out.

2. Clear your stove

  • Paper, cloth, and other fire hazards cleared from cooking area.
  • Stove checked for electrical faults or gas leaks

3. Keep food safe

  • Refrigerator and freezer in proper working order.
  • Counters and dishes cleaned.
  • Outdated and spoiled food discarded.
  • Proper bins for food waste disposal.

4. Reduce the clutter

  • Stacks of boxes lowered and safely stored.
  • Weight of items in boxes reduced.
  • Clutter removed from doorways, stairways, windows, and main living areas.

5. Avoid the use of extension cords and replace damaged cords

  • Electrical cords checked for damages.
  • Refrigerators, stoves, toasters, microwaves, and space heaters plugged directly into wall outlets.
  • Furniture, carpet, and other sensitive areas checked for pests.

6. Remove your garbage regularly

  • Proper bins for food waste disposal.
  • Clear sink for dish washing or dishwasher in working order.
  • Furniture, carpet, and other sensitive areas checked for pests.

7. Clear your heater by at least one metre

  • One metre (3 ft) distance between all heat sources and anything that can burn.

8. Clear hallways and exits

  • Stairs and railings cleared of all items.
  • Two exits into your home are clear and accessible.
  • One metre (3 ft) pathways cleared throughout your home, including hallways.

9. Care for your pets

  • Clear access for pets to litter box or outdoor area.
  • Proper bins for pet waste disposal.

10. Make sure you have working smoke alarms

  • Alarms tested.
  • Batteries replaced.


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