Home Safety Checklist

Home Safety Checklist


  • Clear pathways of furniture.
  • Remove clutter from the floor.
  • Remove low chairs that are difficult to get out of easily.
  • Remove throw rugs or secure with double-sided tape.
  • Coil cords and wires and tape to the wall.
  • Secure carpet edges.
  • Do not use floor wax or walk on wet tile.
  • Be aware of small household pets in the walkway.
  • “Crate or gait” pets as needed.

Stairs and steps

  • Remove all objects from the stairs.
  • Fix broken stairs, uneven steps and loose handrails.
  • Secure carpet or tread on stairs.
  • Install handrails on both sides of stairs that are as long as the stairs.
  • Use reflective tape along edges of steps and stairs.

Lighting and Vision

  • Install lights and light switches at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Replace burnt out light bulbs.
  • Increase the lighting in your home so you can see more clearly.
  • Reduce glare by using window covers and screen covers for electronics.
  • Be aware that bifocals, trifocals and progressive lenses increase fall risk.


  • Keep frequently used items on shelves between waist and shoulder height.
  • Remove rugs or secure with double-sided tape.
  • Keep a list of current healthcare information visible on your refrigerator.
  • Avoid sitting on chairs that roll or swivel.


  • Place an easy-to-use lamp close to the bed.
  • Install a nightlight on the way to the bathroom.
  • Pack your nightlight in your travel case for overnight trips.
  • Keep a flashlight and phone on your nightstand.


  • Use a non-slip rubber mat on the shower or tub floor.
  • Install grab bars next to the tub and toilet.
  • Install a raised toilet seat.
  • Use non-skid floor covers on tile flooring.
  • Consider a tub bench or shower chair.
  • Tip your head forward to rinse your hair, instead of leaning backwards.
  • Try to keep your eyes open in the shower for balance.


  • Repair cracked or uneven sidewalks.
  • Trim shrubbery along the pathway to the door.
  • Install adequate lighting by doors and along walkways.
  • Use assistive device outside or ask for assistance if needed.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun damage.


  • Wear sturdy shoes with thin, non-slip soles that fasten securely.
  • Avoid slippers, flip-flops, high heels and thick-soled athletic shoes.
  • Hem pants and bathrobes so they don’t touch the floor in bare feet, especially after significant weight loss.
  • Consider wearing an alarm to call for help in case of a fall.
  • Keep a list of important healthcare information in your purse or wallet.

Physician Visit

  • Ask your doctor about beginning a regular exercise program.
  • Take all medications and supplements to your doctor at each visit.
  • Ask your doctor about appropriate nutritional supplementation.
  • Ask your doctor how much water you need to drink.
  • Have your vision checked annually.
  • Ask for a vestibular screen.
  • Partner with your physician to manage your chronic health conditions.


  • Make sure the phone can be reached from the floor.
  • Keep a telephone within reach of the bed.
  • Consider keeping your cellphone in your pocket.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers next to each landline phone.
  • Consider wearing a medical alert button or similar device like an Apple watch.


Handout courtesy of Dr. Kim Bell, DPT              BetterBalanceInLife.com

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