Healthy homes for independent living checklist

A change in living arrangements, general wear and tear, or changing needs can create the need to update the safety, security and comfort of your home.

This list is intended as an initial guide to help you identify areas in your home that may require attention as circumstances change.

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Comfort levels (effective heating and cooling)

Keeping your home at a suitable temperature with plenty of ventilation is important for comfort and safety. Check the following:

  • Do you have the right quantity and level of insulation to maintain comfortable temperatures?

  • Are there internal and external window coverings to minimise glare and help maintain temperature levels?

  • Are there gaps under doors and windows that need to be filled?

  • Is there adequate heating and cooling?
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    Home safety (automated lighting and power controls)

    Automated functions to set and manage lighting and power will provide you with increased safety and security. Check the following:


  • Is there adequate light?

  • Are light switches easy to reach?

  • Are important areas well lit?

  • Do passageways have night lights?

  • Are there sensor lights at major entry points of the home?

  • Are there remote controlled power outlets?

  • Have kill switches been installed (power turned on/off by dedicated remote control)?

  • Is the hot water system temperature set appropriately?
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    Home security and safety (security, smoke alarms, stove alarms and fire safety)

    Home security systems include remote viewing capabilities and keyless locks that offer added security. Check the following:


  • Is there adequate security on outside doors and windows?

  • Are there working smoke alarms in place?

  • Is there a carbon monoxide alarm?

  • Is there a fire extinguisher or fire blanket?

  • Are any objects stored above the stove?

  • Are ramps required for easy access to doorways?
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    Independent living (grab rails, taps, flooring, storage and garden)

    Simple additions and changes to your home can significantly reduce health and safety hazards. Check the following:


  • Are grab rails available at the major entry points of the dwelling?

  • Are grab rails available near the bath, shower and toilet?

  • Are floors and surfaces slippery (indoor and outdoor)?

  • Is the shower head easy to adjust?

  • Are taps easy to turn on and off?

  • Are door handles easy to turn?

  • Are cupboard and drawer handles easy to use?

  • Are frequently used items easy to access?

  • Are garden beds easy to access?

  • Is there an automated garden watering system?
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    Health & Safety

    Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

    Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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