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Safety checklist: Electrical and water systems

  1. Are there sufficient electrical outlets, with GFI (ground fault interruptor) outlets in bathrooms and kitchen?
  2. Are there light switches at the entrance to each room?
  3. Are electrical panel, gas and water shutoff valves in a well-lit, easy-to-reach space?
  4. Is there a programmable thermostat with easy-to-read settings, installed at appropriate height for seated or standing user?
  5. Do any space heaters work properly and have guards to shut them off if they're tipped over?
  6. Is water heater set at no higher than 120 degrees?

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