Telecommuting Home Safety Guidelines


  1. Maintain all stairways clear of objects that could cause a person to trip.
  2. Stairways should have a firmly anchored handrail.
  3. All stairways should be well lighted.
  4. All stair coverings should be securely anchored.
  5. Have a safe stepladder for home use.
  6. Make sure all scatter rugs are skid-proof and laying flat and that all carpets are securely anchored.
  7. All entranceways, exits, halls, and walks should be well lighted.
  8. Wear proper footwear to prevent slips, trips, falls, and other fall injuries.
  9. Place all lamp, extension and telephone cords out of traffic areas.
  10. Chairs, tables, and desks should be safe to use and be ergonomically correct.
  11. All-electric receptacles should be the three-prong grounded type.
  12. Know how to turn off the electrical, water and gas sources to your home.
  13. All fuses should be of the correct amperage.
  14. Label the fuses or circuit breakers to identify the outlets and appliances they protect.
  15. All light switches should work correctly.
  16. All electrical appliances and their cords should be Underwriters Laboratories (UL) approved.
  17. Unplug small electrical appliances such as hair dryers, shavers, electric knives, coffeepots, etc. when not in use.
  18. Keep the area around the furnace and hot water heater clear of boxes and other combustible materials.
  19. Ensure that portable heaters are in good condition; provide adequate ventilation, and position them in a safe location away from flammable materials.
  20. Develop and practice with your family a fire escape plan for your home.
  21. Have a charged ABC fire extinguisher of at least the 2 1/2-pound size conveniently located in your home. Install smoke alarms throughout your home and inspect regularly for proper functioning.
  22. Check your power cords and replace those that are damaged.
  23. Make sure that any extension cords you are using for tools and appliances are the right capacity.
  24. Have a flashlight for emergencies.
  25. Make sure that all your doors and windows closed and latch properly; and that all exterior doors are secured with a deadbolt.
  26. Maintain a well-stocked first aid kit for emergencies.
  27. Post emergency numbers by all telephones.
  28. Place all portable fans and heaters where they can’t be knocked over. Keep them at least three feet from furnishings and flammable materials.
  29. Keep all paint; paint thinner, pesticides, and gasoline stored out of the house and away from heat and other ignition sources.
  30. Control mildew through adequate air circulation and humidity control.
  31. Obtain assistance for heavy lifting and utilize safe lifting techniques.

I have read and understood the Safety Guidelines and will comply with the recommendations.