Fire Security Tips

Protect your home and family from a fire with these helpful tips.

Cooking Safety

  • Is there always someone in the kitchen when food is cooking on the stove?
  • Are stove tops and counters clean and uncluttered?
  • Are there pot holders within easy reach of the stove?
  • Are pot handles turned inward so they can’t be bumped?
  • Are curtains and other things that can burn easily away from the stove?
  • Check fire extinguishers regularly

Heating Safety

  • Are portable space heaters always turned off when leaving the room or sleeping?
  • If space heaters are used in your home, are they at least three feet away from anything that can burn?
  • Does your fireplace have a sturdy screen to catch sparks?
  • Has your chimney been inspected and cleaned during the past year?
  • Has your furnace been serviced by a professional in the past year?
  • Are propane tanks and other fuels stored outside your home?

Electrical Safety

  • Are extension cords used safely and not under carpets or across doorways?
  • Are electrical cords in good condition, without cracks or frayed areas?
  • Are kitchen appliances – such as the coffee-maker, toaster oven, and microwave – plugged into separate receptacle outlets?

Smoke Alarms/Home Fire Escape

  • Does your home have working smoke alarms on every floor and inside and near all sleeping areas?
  • Are the batteries working in all of the smoke alarms? (if required)
  • Are all the exits in your home clear of furniture, toys, and clutter?
  • Does your family have a home fire escape plan that includes two exits (usually a door and a window) from each room?

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