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Safety checklist: Exterior

  1. Is there at least one no-step entrance to the house?
  2. Are pathways, sidewalks, driveway access, steps and porch surfaces even and non-slip?
  3. Are there secure handrails on both sides of stairs and sloping pathways?
  4. Is there a door handle that doesn't require finger or thumb strength to operate?
  5. Is lighting adequate to make your way at night and to see to put your key in the lock?
  6. Is there a bench near the door on which to rest yourself and packages; one inside too?
  7. Is there a peephole in the door or sidelight (at the appropriate height for all residents to use) so you can see who's at the door?
  8. Is the doorbell in good working order, loud enough to be heard?
  9. Is the mailbox within easy reach?
  10. Are house numbers visible from the street?

For more complete home safety check lists, click on the following links:

"Safe at Home Checklist" from Rebuilding Together, along with the Administration on Aging and the American Occupational Therapy Association

"Preventing Falls at Home" brochure with an easy-to-follow checklist from the Administration on Aging

"The AARP Home Fit Guide: Information and Tips to Keep Your Home in Top Form for Comfort, Safety, and Livability" booklet includes checklists on home maintenance and energy efficiency, as well as livability evaluations and recommendations for fixing problems and how to get professional help

CAPS directory of Certified Aging in Place Specialists from the National Association of Home Builders