Preparing for Your Home Health and Safety Visit


You can use this checklist to prepare for your home health and safety visit and your home fire safety inspection. During these visits, staff will look to see that you have complied with the requirements below. You do not need to return this list to the Office for Children.

checkbox Physician's statement verifying that adults providing care for children are free from tuberculosis.
checkbox All children are properly immunized with records kept by the provider.
checkbox Pets such as dogs, cats and ferrets have up-to-date rabies immunizations.
checkbox Toxic household products, including medicines, are inaccessible to children and stored away from food.
checkbox Dangerous objects, such as knives, are kept out of children's reach.
checkbox Electrical outlets are child-proofed.
checkbox Kitchen trash and diapers are kept in separate covered, washable containers.
checkbox Home is free of hazards to children, such as loose carpeting, toy chests without safety hinges, and small items that could be swallowed.
checkbox Rooms are free of dirt, filth, trash, grease; floors and carpets are swept daily.
checkbox Toys and materials are age-appropriate and are accessible to children.
checkbox Barriers are placed around space heaters, fireplaces, wood stoves and fans when in use. A fireplace must always have a screen or guard.
checkbox Fireplaces, heating systems and duct work in good repair. Fireplaces are never used during child care hours.
checkbox Outdoor play structures are anchored securely and in good repair.
checkbox Address is attached to your home and easily seen from the street or parking lot.
checkbox Property is free of trash/debris.
checkbox Steps and stairs are in good repair with hand or guard rails.
checkbox Windows that can be opened are screened (from April 1 through November 1).
checkbox Kitchen appliances are in good working order, with range, oven and hood clean and free of grease.
checkbox Home is free of insect and rodent infestation.
checkbox Clean drinking water is available at all times.
checkbox Refrigerator kept at no more than 41°F or 5°C, and children's food brought from home is clearly marked with name and date.
checkbox Operating telephone is posted with 911 sticker and emergency telephone numbers.
checkbox Home is structurally sound, with no peeling paint, loose down spouts, or broken walkways.
checkbox Outdoor play area is free of hazards, like: standing water, animal feces, trash, construction materials, poison ivy, dangerous lawn and garden tools. (Fencing or other barriers might be needed when play area is next to body of water or busy street.)
checkbox Rooms for children are dry, with good lighting and ventilation, and kept at least 68 degrees during heating season.
checkbox Fire drill plan, escape route, written emergency plans and supplies.
checkbox Smoke detector installed on each level and tested at least once a month.
checkbox Fire extinguisher rated at least 1A10BC, is mounted and fully pressurized.
checkbox Materials that burn easily (such as newspaper, wood, cloth, or items made of those substances) are kept at least three feet away from appliances and other heat sources.
checkbox Exit routes are free of obstructions and are well-lighted.
checkbox Electric cords are out of reach of children. No multi-plug adapters allowed.
checkbox Wood stoves have county permit indicating proper installation. Ashes are stored outside in approved containers.
checkbox Flammable or combustible liquids are kept away from heat sources and out of children's reach.
checkbox All portable heating appliances are UL or FM approved.
checkbox Washer, dryer and dryer vent are kept free of lint.
checkbox Electrical panel is easily accessible, free of loose connections and frayed wiring, with no missing fuses. No exposed wiring anywhere in house.
checkbox Small appliances (coffeemakers, hair dryers, toasters) are kept unplugged and out of children's reach.
checkbox Equipment is structurally sound and in good condition.
checkbox Double-keyed deadbolt locks are unlocked, with key removed.
checkbox Wells and septic system are approved by the county.
checkbox All firearms are kept unloaded, stored apart from ammunition, and stored in a locked area with keys out of reach of children.

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