Home Fire Safety Checklist

  • Baseboard and portable heaters are away from anything that can burn such as furniture, curtains, papers, clothing, etc.
  • The fireplace is equipped with a sturdy metal screen. The chimney is checked before each heating season, and repairs are made as necessary.
  • Extension cords and multi-plug adapters are used as little as possible. Extension cords are not tacked to walls, under rugs or through doorways.
  • Cooking food is never left unattended while on the stove or in the oven. If it is necessary to leave the kitchen for a short time while cooking, set a timer or take something to remind you that the stove or oven is on.
  • The stove and oven are kept clean of grease and spilled food. In the event of a fire, the best response is to put a lid over the flames.
  • Matches, lighters and other smoking materials are kept out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Always place candles in non-tip candle holders before lighting them. Keep them out of the reach of children. Extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to bed, as unattended candles start many fires each year.
  • No smoking in bed is a rule. Drowsy or medicated people may forget lit materials and start a fire.
  • Once a year install new batteries in the smoke detectors and test them once each month.
  • Be sure the family knows what to do if there is a fire. Prepare an Escape Plan and have a Home Fire Drill so the family can practice their escape.