Home Safety Checklist

Updated November 28th, 2023

Use this list to go through your home to make sure it is safe for your child.


  • Chairs and step-stools are away from the counters, sink, microwave and stove
  • Household cleaners, medications, vitamins and other poisons are out of reach or locked up
  • Knives, scissors and other sharp utensils are out of reach or in a drawer with a child safety latch
  • Anchor the stove to the floor with an anti-tip bracket
  • The stove’s back burners are used when cooking
  • Hot food and drinks are kept away from edges of tables and counters
  • Appliance cords are out of reach
  • Plastic bags and food items small enough to cause choking are kept away from babies and toddlers
  • A fire extinguisher is conveniently located and you know how to use it


  • Medicines and cleaners are stored in a locked medicine cabinet or well out of a child’s reach

  • Use protective plug covers on electrical outlets
  • Hair dryers, curling irons and other electrical appliances are unplugged and out of a child’s reach
  • Non-slip mat or decals are used in bathtub
  • An infant bath ring or bath seat is not used
  • The hot water is no hotter than 49°C or 120°F

Child’s Room

  • The crib is in good condition, made after 1986 and has been checked for recalls
  • Mattress fits snugly without gaps to prevent a small head from getting caught
  • No bumper pads, pillows, quilts, duvets or toys in crib
  • Beds and cribs are placed away from the window and any electrical cords
  • Dresser and bookcases are anchored securely
  • Diaper changing products (pins, powders, wipes, oil, etc.) are stored away from babies or small children
  • Window coverings are cordless or secured using a tie-down device up high on the wall. Securely attach tension devices supplied with corded window coverings
  • The toy chest has ventilation holes and a lid that can be opened from the inside.
  • Night lights are placed in high outlets and are away from bedding, draperies or fabrics
Hot parent tip: Check out Health Canada’s Is Your Child Safe? Sleep Time for more information.

Living Room

  • TV sets, bookcases and furniture are anchored securely to the wall
  • Sharp corners and edges on tables have been covered with soft cushioning
  • Fireplaces and wood stoves have fixed safety guards around them
  • Matches and fire starters are out of reach of children
  • Windows and sliding doors have safety locks
  • Poisonous houseplants have been removed
  • Blind and drapery cords are cut or tied up high
  • Furniture (side tables, couches) are away from windows
  • Non-slip mats are used under area carpets

Around the Home

  • Smoke alarms are installed outside all sleeping areas and on each level of your home. Test them monthly by pressing and holding the test button.
Safety Tip: Having a smoke alarm in each bedroom is the safest choice.

  • Carbon monoxide detectors are installed outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home
  • Electrical cords are secured out of reach
  • Outlet covers are used on electrical outlets
  • Window coverings are cordless or secured using a tie-down device up high on the wall. Securely attach tension devices supplied with corded window coverings
  • Hazardous products like medications, cleaners, laundry pods, chemicals, alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana products are kept locked up and out of child’s reach.
  • Child’s surroundings have been cleared of small objects that could cause choking
  • A wall mounted safety gate is installed at the top of stairs and a pressure mounted gate is used at the bottom of stairs
  • Door knob covers are placed on doorknobs to stop a child from opening doors to unsafe areas
  • Hot tap water temperature is no hotter than 49º C (120º F)
  • Wading pools and buckets are emptied when not in use.
  • Swimming pools are surrounded by four-sided fencing with a self-closing and locking safety gate. Check your local bylaws for fencing and gate requirements.
  • Emergency phone numbers, including Manitoba Poison Centre (1-855-776-4766), are kept in or near your phone.

Poisoning prevention

Household cleaning products, medications and even some house plants are among the things that can be toxic to children. Read more on how to keep your child safe.

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