Home Safety & Health

  • Knives, tools, matches, and other potentially hazardous materials are inaccessible to children and vulnerable adults, as needed, except while being used with appropriate supervision.
    • If needed, providers must lock or securely store the above items.
  • Combustible items are properly stored at least 36" from any heating source.
    • This includes fireplaces and furnaces.
    • Gas operated water heaters also require a clear area for proper ventilation.
  • Food is handled and properly stored to prevent contamination, spoilage, or a threat to health.
    • Freezers should be 0° F and below.
    • Refrigerators should be 40° F and below.
    • It is recommended that providers get thermometers for their freezers and refrigerators.
  • Residence is clean and free from accumulations of dirt, rubbish, peeling paint, rodents, and insects.
    • All areas of the home should be dusted and vacuumed regularly.
    • All surfaces of the bathroom must be cleaned regularly.
    • Trash must be disposed of properly.
    • Trash must not accumulate inside or outside the home. This includes inside of residents' bedrooms. It is not an excuse to say that the resident refused to clean their bedroom or their bathroom.
  • Chemicals, detergents, medicines, and other toxic substances are stored separately from food products and are inaccessible to children and vulnerable adults as needed.
    • These items must be stored separately.
    • If you must store them on shelving units; food is on the top shelves, medication is on the next lower, and chemicals are stored on the lowest levels. These items should NOT be placed on the same shelf.
  • Medication is inaccessible to children and vulnerable adults as needed. Schedule II controlled substances are stored in a locked area.
  • There is a safe water supply in the residence. Water from privately-owned wells is tested annually by a certified laboratory.
    • Well water must be tested yearly.
  • Individual clean towels, wash cloths, and bedding are provided for each client.
    • Providers must provide 3 towels and 3 wash cloths for the resident. These must not be from a shared supply.
    • Each resident must be provided a complete set of bedding which is a mattress pad, bottom sheet, top sheet, blanket or comforter, pillow, and a pillow case.
    • Provider must supply them two sets of the sheets and pillow cases.
    • These must be used exclusively for each client.
  • Weapons must be unloaded. Weapons and ammunition must not be visible and must be stored separately in locked areas.
    • All handguns, rifles, shotguns, bb guns, hunting bows, swords, and hunting knives are locked.
    • Ammunition should be stored separately from the weapon with different keys to open the locks.
  • A safe crib is available for each infant in care.
    • If a child is in foster care placement, the crib must meet crib safety standards and be in good condition.