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Safety checklist: Storage, garage and basement

  1. Can you get out of the car and into the house easily?
  2. Is garage floor clear of clutter?
  3. Is there a disaster supply kit, with medications, in an accessible location, such as a hall closet?
  4. Is there proper storage for medicines, inaccessible to visiting grandchildren and away from steamy bathroom?
  5. Is there adequate storage for seldom-used items?
  6. Are there proper file holders for instruction booklets, legal papers, etc.?
  7. Are trash and recycling cans on wheels and easy to fill and move to curbside?
  8. Are basement stairs in good repair with secure handrails?
  9. Are garage and basement areas brightly lit with switches at top and bottom of stairs?
  10. Is basement sealed against rodents and water?
  11. Is there mold?

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