Home Fire Safety

There are many things that can be done to ensure safety at home from a fire. The following are some of the ways to protect yourself from becoming an unnecessary victim.

Be sure your home has:
  • At least one operating smoke detector
  • A working fire extinguisher
  • Regular chimney cleaning to prevent chimney fires
  • Proper ash trays for smokers
  • A metal container to empty fireplace ashes
Make sure you and your family have determined:
  • An escape plan with two different ways out
  • Someone assigned to call 911
  • Someone assigned to help those that need help getting out
  • A meeting place for everyone once they are outside
  • Practice fire drills regularly using your escape plan!
Things to remember when cooking:
  • Never leave the stove/oven unattended
  • Wear clothes without excess material that could catch fire
  • Keep lids on all pots and pans being used
  • Keep the cooking area clear of flammable materials
  • Keep pot and pan handles facing inward on the stove
  • Keep small children away from the area while in use
Things to remember about electricity:
  • Avoid using extension cords wherever possible
  • Never run extension cords under rugs or carpeting
  • Replace any frayed or cracked extension cords
  • Do not tamper with your fuse box or use incorrect fuses
  • Immediately unplug any electrical appliance that smokes or has an unusual smell, and don’t use it until checked or repaired.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable
What to do if you have a fire
  • Crawl low under the smoke.
  • Before opening, feel doors with the back of your hand for heat.
  • Open doors slowly and be ready to close them if fire is on the other side.
  • Close any doors you safely can as you are leaving.
  • Exit as quickly and safely as possible.
  • Once outside, find a phone and call 911 to report the fire.

If your clothes catch on fire: STOP, DROP and ROLL (while covering your face with your hands) until the fire is extinguished.

Provide any important information to the fire department that you can, including:

  • Where the fire is located inside the building
  • If anyone is still in the house or building and where they might be located
  • Any hazards that might be in the house or building