We use more than 50 different criteria to enroll properties in the Education Program. These criteria are part of the physical environment as observed during an annual visit to the property. There may be other features that are important to you and your family that are not included in this list. We encourage you to read this list thoroughly so that you have a better understanding of what is included in the Education Program and what is not included in the Education Program. 

Education Program Criteria for Properties

Front Entrance

  • Is the door metal or solid core construction?
  • Door has 180 degree or wide angle peephole at appropriate height.
  • No glass panels in door unless double pane glass.
  • Door appears to have a securely installed key operated deadbolt.
  • Hinge pins are non-removable or are located inside the residence.
  • Doorjambs / door frames appear securely fastened.
  • Strike plates appear secured into the doorjambs.
  • Locks appear in good working order and complex states that it will re-key at residents request. (resident may incur expense)
  • Is the door entrance sufficiently lit?
  • Is there good visibility with little shrubbery allowing concealment?

Side or Rear Entrance

  • Is the door metal or solid core construction?
  • Door has 180 degree or wide angle peephole at appropriate height.
  • No glass panels in door unless double pane glass.
  • Door appears to have a securely installed key operated deadbolt.
  • Hinge pins are non-removable or are located inside the residence.
  • Doorjambs / door frames appear securely fastened.
  • Strike plates appear secured into the doorjambs.
  • Locks appear in good working order and complex states that it will re-key at residents request. (resident may incur expense)
  • Is the door entrance sufficiently lit?
  • Is there good visibility with little shrubbery allowing concealment?
  • Sliding glass doors appear to have strong working locks; dowel or pins have been installed to prevent the door from being shoved aside or lifted off track.

Windows

  • Double hung windows appear securely pinned or appear to have working locks.
  • Window locks cannot be readily unlocked from the exterior.
  • Curtains or blinds cover window reasonably.
  • Bushes, trees other obstructions (e.g. sheds) do not unduly hide windows from view.
  • Window air conditioners appear securely installed and properly braced.
  • Windows appear able to be opened from inside in case of fire.
  • Upstairs windows that open onto roofs or porches can be locked.
  • Trees reasonably trimmed from upper floor windows.
  • There are no ladders or other climbing devices located next to the exterior at the time of the inspection.

Interior

  • Smoke detectors near bedrooms and kitchen.
  • All smoke detectors appear functional at the time of the inspection.
  • Monitored fire alarm system.
  • Sprinkler system installed and pressure tested yearly?
  • Date of last test
  • ABC Fire extinguisher located near or adjacent to residence?
    Tagged and serviced every year —– date:
  • Provide handrails for stairways.
  • Handrails appear sturdy and secure.
  • GFI circuit plugs used near wet areas.
  • Bathtubs and showers have safety strips or non-slip surface.
  • Electrical system appears in working order, checked several plugs.
  • Kitchen and living area appear free of rodent / pest infestation.
  • Plumbing appears in working order, no visible drips or leaks.
  • Emergency exit reasonably available from each bedroom.
  • Fireplace, if present, has screen or glass enclosure.
  • Chimney appears to be cleaned regularly.
  • Area around furnace appears clean and free of combustibles at the time of the inspection.
  • Passage locks appear to work on bedroom doors

Exterior

  • Shrubs are reasonably cut below window level.
  • Tree limbs are reasonably cut above window level.
  • Residence number is visible from the street (day or night). Complexes with multiple buildings should place signage on each corner of each building with the specific identifying number and or letter that can readily be seen by emergency responders.
  • All walkways appear reasonably lit.
  • Fire escapes if present have retractable ladders that do not allow easy access to the buildings.
  • The entire exterior of the building is reasonably lit.
  • Motion sensor lights or photocell lights are in use.
  • Gates, garages and shed doors can be locked by the tenant.
  • There is sufficient, reasonably lit parking for each resident.
  • All openings into the residence, including skylights, crawlspaces, vents and pet doors are reasonably protected.
  • Community appears gated and access appears limited.
  • Mailboxes do not display names and appear secured.
  • Exterior antennas appear properly grounded.
  • Exterior plugs if present have covers and appear GFIC.
  • Stairways appear to be sturdy and free of obstruction at time of inspection.
  • Balconies if present appear structurally sound at time of inspection.
  • Visually & physically checking flooring and railing.

Overall Appearance

  • Roof appears in good condition, no visible leaks detected.
  • Foundation appears in good condition with no visible large gaps or cracks.
  • Exterior walls appear in good condition, no visible mold or mildew.
  • Exterior wall treatment (bricks, siding) appear in good condition with no visible missing pieces, no loose siding.
  • Drainage appears well maintained and no standing water present.
  • Fencing, if present, appears stable and secure.
  • Sidewalk appears level and in good condition.
  • Railing appears secure and stable.
  • Parking area appears in good repair.
  • Facility appears neat and in order.