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Fire Safety Checklist
- There is one smoke alarm on every level of the
home and inside and outside each sleeping area.
- Smoke alarms are tested and cleaned monthly.
- Smoke alarm batteries are changed as needed.
- Smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
- Cooking area is free from items that can catch fire.
- Kitchen stove hood is clean and vented to the outside.
- Pots are not left unattended on the stove.
Electrical & Appliance Safety
- Electrical cords do not run under rugs.
- Electrical cords are not frayed or cracked.
- Circuit-protected, multi-prong adapters are used for
- Large and small appliances are plugged directly
into wall outlets.
- Clothes dryer lint filter and venting system are
- Candles are in sturdy fire-proof containers that
won’t be tipped over.
- All candles are extinguished before going to bed or
leaving the room.
- Children and pets are never left unattended with
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- Carbon monoxide alarms are located on each level
of the home.
- Carbon monoxide alarms are less than 7 years old.
- Family members who smoke only buy fire-safe
cigarettes and smoke outside.
- Matches and lighters are secured out of
- Ashtrays are large, deep and kept away from
items that can catch fire.
- Ashtrays are emptied into a container that will
- Chimney and furnace are cleaned and
- Furniture and other items that can catch fire
are at least 3 feet from fireplaces, wall heaters,
baseboards, and space heaters.
- Fireplace and barbecue ashes are placed outdoors
in a covered metal container at least 3 feet from
anything that can catch fire.
- Extension cords are never used with space heaters.
- Heaters are approved by a national testing laboratory
and have tip-over shut-off function.
Home Escape Plan
- Have two ways out of each room.
- Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to
avoid toxic smoke.
- Know that once you’re out, stay out.
- Know where to meet after the escape.
- Meeting place should be near the front of your
home, so firefighters know you are out.
- Practice your fire escape plan.