Tips: Home Fire Safety Checklist

Is your home free of hazards?

  • Check electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords. Do not place wires under rugs.
  • Check for outlets overloaded with plugs; including TV, computer, stereo, and printer.
  • Install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in your home; especially near sources of water like your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.
  • Use the correct bulb wattage for home light fixtures.
  • If any appliances spark, smell unusual or overheat, replace or get repaired by a professional.
  • Lamps and nightlights should not touch any fabrics (bedspreads, drapes).
  • Electrical blankets are unplugged when not in use. Check for frayed or loose cords and any odd smell. If a problem is detected, replace.
  • Supervise children around the stove and microwave.
  • Candles should be out of reach of children and pets, curtains and furniture. Never leave candles unattended.
  • Annual inspection of furnace or heating system.

Space heaters:

  • Keep out of walking paths.
  • Keep away from children and pets.
  • Placed away from beds.
  • Newspapers, magazines, and any fabrics, including curtains, sheets, tablecloths, are a not within 3 feet of a space heater.
  • Unplug when not in use.

In the kitchen

  • Keep an eye on appliances when in use.
  • Make sure appliances are turned off and unplugged when not in use.
  • When using pots and pans, use the rear burners and turn the handles inwards.
  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.

Fireplaces

  • Keep the fire place clean.
  • Cover your fireplace with a screen.
  • Only burn wood. Papers and other materials can escape while burning and ignite something nearby.
  • The fire should be completely extinguished before leaving the room.
  • Have your chimney cleaned professionally once a year.
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