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    Home Fire Safety

    Fire Safety Checklist

    • Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher in the kitchen and understand its operating principles
    • Designate two exits from your home
    • Ensure that everyone in your home understands to stay low and crawl in smoke
    • If a fire breaks out, “GET OUT and STAY OUT.” Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s home
    • If your clothes catch fire, “STOP, DROP, and ROLL” to extinguish the flames
    • Never re-enter a burning home unless the fire department gives you the okay

    Outside Your Home

    • Store flammable liquids such as gasoline in a tight, properly labeled, fire safe container away from any heat source and small children.
    • Turn off outdoor power equipment such as lawn mowers and allow them to cool before storage or adding gasoline.
    • Keep weeds and underbrush clear from the structure of your home.
    • Clear pine needles and leaves from the roof, eaves, and gutters.
    • Trim all tree limbs within 10 feet of a structure.
    • Keep your grill at least five feet away from any structure.

    Inside Your Home

    • Wear short or snug fitting clothes while cooking.
    •  Do not leave the food preparation area while cooking.
    • Use a low flame on gas stoves to protect against grease fires.
    • Always turn pot handles and utensils to the middle of the stove to prevent children from grabbing them.
    • Keep your cooking area clean.
    • Do not store pot holders, towels, or napkins near the cooking area.
    • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees Farenheit to prevent scald burns

    If You Smoke

    • Use large heavy ashtrays that won’t tip over.
    • Extinguish all smoking materials completely.
    • Empty used ashtrays only after the contents have cooled.
    • Do not smoke on or around furniture or in the bedroom.
    • Store matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.


    • Only purchase and use UL-approved or tested appliances.
    • Plug only one appliance into an outlet or extension cord.
    • Unplug a cord from the plug and do not pull from the cord.
    • Use only safety-tested extension cords or surge protection devices.
    • Provide appliances with adequate ventilation.
    • Keep all appliances away from water.
    • Replace broken plugs and frayed cords.
    • Call a licensed electrician if you experience any of the following in your home; frequently blown fuses, tripped circuit breakers, flickering lights.
    • Do not run extension cords under any carpet or like material.
    • Do not run extension cords over door frames.
    • Do not plug more than one extension cord in a line.
    • Keep clothes dryer vents clean and do not operate the dryer while it is unattended.

     Heating Systems

    • Do not place or maintain any home heating device less than 3 feet away from drapes, clothing, linens, furniture, etc.
    • Check and replace filters according to the manufacturer recommendations.
    • Use electrical heating appliances designed for your home’s electricity capability.
    • Do not plug more than one heater into the same circuit.

    Woodstoves and Fireplaces

    • Have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned once a year
    • Your chimney should have a cap on the top outside.
    • Keep the damper open when in use.
    • Use a glass cover or screen to cover the opening of the fireplace when in use.
    • Before disposing of ashes make sure they are cooled for several hours even if you are dumping them outside. Ashes should be contained in a metal container with a lid.

    Smoke Detectors

    • Install and maintain at least one smoke detector on each level of your home.
    • At minimum, there should be one detector outside each sleeping area; preferably one in each sleeping area.
    • Test smoke detectors monthly.
    • Replace the batteries in all detectors when you change your clocks.
    • Keep the detectors clean.

    Exit Drills for Your Home

    • Design an escape plan for your family.
    • Have two ways out of every room.
    • Establish a place outside where everyone can meet.
    • Practice your fire drill every 6 months (at minimum).