Home safety checklist

This checklist from the Department of Building Inspection will help ensure your home is safe.

Shutoff tool near gas meter in case of earthquake, fire, or gas leaks

Keep a shutoff tool near the gas meter. See tips from PG&E about how to turn off the gas.

Hot water heaters

All water heaters must be properly secured and strapped. Pressure relief valves, shut off valves, and vents are properly connected and operational.

Security bars and entrance gates

All security bars in sleeping rooms must open from the inside with a hand release. For example, no keys, combination locks, or special knowledge should be required to open security bars or gates.

Double cylinder locks (which require a key from the inside and outside) are not allowed in any room used for sleeping.

Ventilation for gas appliances

All rooms with gas appliances must have proper ventilation.

Fire extinguishers

Keep a charged Type 2A 10BC or equivalent Fire Extinguisher in your home and know how to use it in an emergency. See more information about fire extinguishers from the Fire Department.

Wood decks, balconies, stairs, guard rails, and hand rails

You should have these structures inspected annually for deterioration by a licensed professional pest control contractor, general building contractor, architect, or engineer to ensure their safety and stability.

Have these professionals provide you with a written report of any recommended repairs. Be sure to obtain building permits for all structural repairs.

Owners of apartments and hotels are legally required to have these exterior structural attachments inspected every 5 years.

Smoke detectors

Keep battery-powered smoke detectors in bedrooms, hallways, basements, and garages. Replace the batteries every year.

Last updated September 15, 2022