Home safety inspection forms typically contain many common elements, including checking that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning, checking electrical cords and outlets for damage or wear, having an emergency exit plan in case of fire, making sure flammable items such as newspapers and clothing are not near combustible fluids or heat sources, and making sure flashlights and backup batteries are readily accessible. The presence of children in the home can add some additional common elements to the checklist.
Homeowners should also make sure that fire extinguishers are readily accessible in the home, that they are fully charged and that the home's occupants know how to use them properly. If the home has multiple levels, an extinguisher needs to be on each floor, as well as a ladder that is easily accessible so upstairs residents can exit through a second story window.
Having kids in a home adds many more items to most home safety inspection forms, including making sure all electrical outlets not in use have appropriate safety covers; ensuring that all computers, stereos and televisions are positioned against walls so they can't tip over; and making sure nightlights aren't touching any flammable fabrics.
Thorough home safety inspection forms are very important and should be obtained from reliable sources such as homeowners or renters insurance companies or local safety councils.