Fire Safety Checklist

Smoke Alarms

  • 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 Safety

  • 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
    additional outlets.
  • Large and small appliances are plugged directly
    into wall outlets.
  • Clothes dryer lint filter and venting system are
    clean.

Candle Safety

  • 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
    candles.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

  • Carbon monoxide alarms are located on each level
    of the home.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are less than 7 years old.

Smoking Safety

  • Family members who smoke only buy fire-safe
    cigarettes and smoke outside.
  • Matches and lighters are secured out of
    children’s sight.
  • Ashtrays are large, deep and kept away from
    items that can catch fire.
  • Ashtrays are emptied into a container that will
    not burn.

Heating Safety

  • Chimney and furnace are cleaned and
    inspected yearly.
  • 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.