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Welcome to the Home Safety Evaluation Checklist

This comprehensive checklist is designed to help you improve the safety of your home and protect you and your family from fire and common household hazards. 

If you have questions, please contact the Victorville Fire Department at: (760) 955-5233 or vvfire@victorvilleca.gov

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HOME SMOKE & CO ALARMS

Home has smoke alarms on every level and smoke alarms are less than 10 years old. 
Home has smoke alarms on every level and smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
Home has smoke alarms in bedroom areas and/or located outside each sleep area. 
Home has smoke alarms in bedroom areas and/or located outside each sleep area.
All smoke alarms are tested monthly. 
All smoke alarms are tested monthly.
Home has carbon monoxide alarms in every bedroom and/or are located outside each sleeping area. 
Home has carbon monoxide alarms in every bedroom and/or are located outside each sleeping area.
Carbon monoxide alarms are tested monthly.  
Carbon monoxide alarms are tested monthly.

HOME ESCAPE AND ASSISTANCE

Family has a fire escape plan with a meeting place and practices it at least twice a year. 
Family has a fire escape plan with a meeting place and practices it at least twice a year.
House numbers are visible from the street, day & night. 
House numbers are visible from the street, day & night.
All family members of age know how to call 9-1-1 from a home or cell phone. 
All family members of age know how to call 9-1-1 from a home or cell phone.
The house is clear of clothes, magazines, newspapers and/or other items that will block or hinder your way out in an emergency. 
The house is clear of clothes, magazines, newspapers and/or other items that will block or hinder your way out in an emergency.
The home has occupant(s) that require assistance to escape and escape planning in case of fire or other emergency has been discussed with FD. 
The home has occupant(s) that require assistance to escape and escape planning in case of fire or other emergency has been discussed with FD.
Use night-lights on paths most often traveled at night.
Use night-lights on paths most often traveled at night.
Secure throw rugs and runners so they do not become trip hazards. 
Secure throw rugs and runners so they do not become trip hazards.
Keep hallways, stairs and pathways free of obstructions. 
Keep hallways, stairs and pathways free of obstructions.
Windows used for escape open easily and are not blocked by furniture, security bars or are not nailed or painted shut. 
Windows used for escape open easily and are not blocked by furniture, security bars or are not nailed or painted shut.
Security bars, if present, have a functioning quick-release device to allow them to be opened easily. 
Security bars, if present, have a functioning quick-release device to allow them to be opened easily.
Home has a fire sprinkler system.
Home has a fire sprinkler system.
All family members should be familiar with how to Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll if their clothing catches on fire. 
All family members should be familiar with how to Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll if their clothing catches on fire.

GENERAL FIRE & SAFETY RISK REDUCTION

Smokers in your home are provided with deep heavy base ashtrays and never empty ashtrays into a trash can.
Smokers in your home are provided with deep heavy base ashtrays and never empty ashtrays into a trash can.
Matches and lighters are stored out of sight & reach of young children. 
Matches and lighters are stored out of sight & reach of young children.
Burning candles are always attended by a responsible person and extinguished when leaving the room. 
Burning candles are always attended by a responsible person and extinguished when leaving the room.
All portable heating appliances (i.e. space heaters) are U.L. listed and anything that burns is kept at least 3 feet away from them. 
All portable heating appliances (i.e. space heaters) are U.L. listed and anything that burns is kept at least 3 feet away from them.
Water heater is set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less.  (Check temp. gauge)
Water heater is set at 120 degrees Fahrenheit or less. (Check temp. gauge)
Objects that can burn are kept at least 3 feet from the water heater and furnace.
Objects that can burn are kept at least 3 feet from the water heater and furnace.
The furnace is inspected and cleaned annually.  Filter replaced as recommended by manufacturer. 
The furnace is inspected and cleaned annually. Filter replaced as recommended by manufacturer.
Clothes dryer vent pipes are cleaned at least annually. 
Clothes dryer vent pipes are cleaned at least annually.

KITCHEN

The stovetop is kept clear of objects/items that can burn (i.e. food containers, paper products, etc.)
The stovetop is kept clear of objects/items that can burn (i.e. food containers, paper products, etc.)
All kitchen appliances are clean and in good condition (i.e. electrical cords, burner elements, switches, etc.)
All kitchen appliances are clean and in good condition (i.e. electrical cords, burner elements, switches, etc.)
Small appliances (i.e. blenders, toaster) are unplugged when not in use and are kept in good condition. 
Small appliances (i.e. blenders, toaster) are unplugged when not in use and are kept in good condition.
There is a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen (ABC rated) AND it is always accessible. 
There is a portable fire extinguisher in the kitchen (ABC rated) AND it is always accessible.
The stove is not used to heat the house.
The stove is not used to heat the house.
All cleaners and dangerous chemicals are stored out of reach and sight of children. 
All cleaners and dangerous chemicals are stored out of reach and sight of children.
REMINDER - When cooking, turn pot handles in and away from other burners. 
REMINDER - When cooking, turn pot handles in and away from other burners.
When cooking, avoid wearing clothes with loose flowing sleeves.
When cooking, avoid wearing clothes with loose flowing sleeves.
Wipe up grease, water and other spilled liquids or food to avoid slip hazards. 
Wipe up grease, water and other spilled liquids or food to avoid slip hazards.

BATHROOM

Appliances such as hair dryers, radios and electric shavers are kept away from water. 
Appliances such as hair dryers, radios and electric shavers are kept away from water.
Place non-skid meats or appliques and well-secured grab bars in bathtubs and showers to help lower the risk of slips and falls. 
Place non-skid meats or appliques and well-secured grab bars in bathtubs and showers to help lower the risk of slips and falls.
Spilled water is cleaned up immediately to reduce the risk if slipping or falling. 
Spilled water is cleaned up immediately to reduce the risk if slipping or falling.

ELECTRICAL 

All receptacle and switch cover plates are installed and not broken or cracked. 
All receptacle and switch cover plates are installed and not broken or cracked.
Switches are in good condition - no evidence of shorting, arcing and/or overheating. 
Switches are in good condition - no evidence of shorting, arcing and/or overheating.
Flexible cords and cables such as extension cords are not used as permanent wiring. 
Flexible cords and cables such as extension cords are not used as permanent wiring.
If there are young children (under 5 years of age) in the home, the home has temper-resistant covers on all the outlets. 
If there are young children (under 5 years of age) in the home, the home has temper-resistant covers on all the outlets.
Flexible cords that are cut, worn or spliced are not to be repaired or used. 
Flexible cords that are cut, worn or spliced are not to be repaired or used.
Outlets are not to be overloaded. 
Outlets are not to be overloaded.

FIREPLACE (IF APPLICABLE)

Fireplace(s) in use to have a proper screen or doors to contain sparks and cinders. 
Fireplace(s) in use to have a proper screen or doors to contain sparks and cinders.
Objects that can burn are kept at least 3 feet away from fireplace in use. 
Objects that can burn are kept at least 3 feet away from fireplace in use.
Chimneys in use are inspected and cleaned at least annually. 
Chimneys in use are inspected and cleaned at least annually.
A metal container with metal lid is used for removal and disposal of hot ashes and is stored outside and away from the house and anything combustible. 
A metal container with metal lid is used for removal and disposal of hot ashes and is stored outside and away from the house and anything combustible.

GARAGE

There is a solid wood or steel door between the garage and residence living area. 
There is a solid wood or steel door between the garage and residence living area.
All gasoline and hazardous chemicals are stored in approved and labeled storage containers. 
All gasoline and hazardous chemicals are stored in approved and labeled storage containers.
Gasoline-powered  equipment is stored in an outside shed or garage, separate from the home. 
Gasoline-powered equipment is stored in an outside shed or garage, separate from the home.
Rags used with any petroleum or flammable product (oil, varnish, etc.) stored in a closed metal container.  
Rags used with any petroleum or flammable product (oil, varnish, etc.) stored in a closed metal container.

OUTSIDE THE HOME

Address is clearly visible from the street. 
Address is clearly visible from the street.
The property is clear of rubbish, trash and brush or tree trimmings accumulation. 
The property is clear of rubbish, trash and brush or tree trimmings accumulation.
Firewood is stacked at least ten feet away from the side of the house. 
Firewood is stacked at least ten feet away from the side of the house.
All open flame cooking appliances such as charcoal grills and gas/propane grills and barbecues are at least 3 feet from the house. 
All open flame cooking appliances such as charcoal grills and gas/propane grills and barbecues are at least 3 feet from the house.
Steps in the front and back of the house are free from clutter and tripping hazards. 
Steps in the front and back of the house are free from clutter and tripping hazards.
Outside electrical receptacles are GFCI and they are in good working condition - no evidence of shorting, arcing, and/or overheating. 
Outside electrical receptacles are GFCI and they are in good working condition - no evidence of shorting, arcing, and/or overheating.
Swimming pool or hot tub is enclosed by a four-sided fence and locked gate.
Swimming pool or hot tub is enclosed by a four-sided fence and locked gate.