RESIDENTIAL SAFETY CHECKLIST
The list below was compiled by our Fire Prevention Community Education team. It is intended to help families ensure that their home is safe.
- House number visible from the street.
- Trees and brush are kept away from electrical wiring.
- 15-feet of clearance between your home and dead/dry plants, log piles, and un-trimmed trees.
Smoke Detectors / Carbon Monoxide Alarms
- There is one Smoke Detector near each sleeping area and on every floor.
- Smoke Detectors are tested regularly, and batteries changed yearly.
- Smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
- Carbon Monoxide alarms are used in homes with fuel burning appliances
Kitchen / Cooking
- Stoves are not used to heat the home.
- Cooking is not left unattended.
- You know not to put water on grease fires, it is best to put a lid on it.
- There are no combustible materials near the stove.
Heating / Fireplace
- Do not use kerosene or flammable liquids to start fire.
- Portable Heaters are kept at least 3 feet away from combustible materials.
- Portable heaters are turned off AND unplugged before going to bed or when leaving the room.
- Fireplaces are equipped with a spark screen and ashes are placed in a metal container.
- Electrical wiring is not exposed or damaged.
- Fused Electric Panels are equipped with proper fuses and receptacles are not overloaded.
- Extension cords are not used as a substitute for permanent power.
- Extension cords are not secured on walls or run under carpet or through doorways.
- Extension cords are equipped with a built-in circuit breaker.
- Candles are used away from combustible materials and never left unattended.
- Oily rags/mops are destroyed or placed in covered metal cans.
- Hazardous materials/chemicals are labeled and kept out of reach of children
- Hazardous chemicals are properly stored in limited amounts and are kept away from heat sources.
- Lint is cleared from behind clothes dryer.
- Do not smoke while lying down or using oxygen.
- Lighters/ matches are kept away from children.
- Use an appropriate ash tray.
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