Safety Checklist: How Does Your Family Rate?

General safety

General safety

  • No one in your family drives impaired. 
  • Always buckle up in a motor vehicle.
  • Every child is restrained in an approved child safety seat or booster seat in a motor vehicle.
  • Any guns in your home are kept unloaded and locked away and amunition is stored separately from guns.
  • Your family has discussed fire safety, including an escape plan.
At leisure

At leisure

  • Everyone wears helmets when riding bicycles, in-line skating, skateboarding, or when otherwise appropriate. Helmets are appropriate on any type of open moving vehicle, racing vehicle, required by law for little league baseball and ice hockey
  • Everyone wears a life vest when boating. Young children should wear a life vest or flotation device when near water (like a swimming pool) AND be attended by an adult
  • Family members tell someone where they intend to go and when they expect to return when going for a walk, jog, run, camping or just generally away.
Home safety

Home safety

  • Smoke detectors are placed on each floor and outside each bedroom.
  • Fire extinguishers are available on each floor and in the kitchen and garage.
  • Carbon-monoxide detectors are installed near any appliance with an open flame; gas appliances, oil furnaces, coal furnaces, wood stoves and fireplaces all can produce carbon monoxide.
  • The hot-water coming from your tap is set at 120 degrees F or below.
  • If your home was built before 1986, have it inspected for lead.
  • You always handle, mix, store and dispose of hazardous materials safely and according to approved procedures.
Medical safety checks

Medical safety checks

  • Emergency-medical phone numbers are on your phones' speed dials or are posted near the phones.
  • You have a first-aid kit in your home and in each of your vehicles which you check every few months to make sure items in the kit are in good condition.
  • You keep lists of each family member's medical conditions, drug allergies and doctors where you and others can find them quickly and easily.
Note which statements you answered false, then correct the safety issues they address.
Reviewed by Trauma specialists at the Montreal Children’s Hospital.
Last updated: January 2014, January 2016


Phone : 514-412-4400 ext. 23310

Fax : 514-412-4254

514-412-4499, Emergency Department (for patient transfer) / 514-412-4399 (fax)