Home Fire Safety Checklist
- Are matches and lighters kept out of reach of children?
- Are ashtrays designed with a cigarette rest in the center so the cigarette will fall inside the ashtray not on the floor?
- Are excessive amounts of accumulated trash disposed of or removed?
- Are flammable and combustible liquids such as gasoline, charcoal lighter fluid, paint thinner, etc. stored in approved non-glass containers?
- Are aerosol cans stored away from heat?
HEATING AND COOKING APPLIANCES
- Are return air filters checked and replaced or cleaned regularly?
- Gas smell? Call your local gas provider or the Fire Department.
- Does the kitchen vent hood have a clean filter?
- Do you know how to properly extinguish a cooking fire?
- Does the fireplace have a screen?
- Has the fireplace/chimney been cleaned this year?
- Have you made repairs to any holes in the fireplace/chimney?
- Have you ever had your fireplace inspected for safety?
- Are fireplace and BBQ ashes kept in metal cans and soaked in water before disposal?
- Are BBQ grills, smokers etc. used only when 10 ft from structures?
- Have you removed anything that will burn from central heat or water heater closets?
- Is the clothes dryer clean of accumulations of dust, lint, and trash, both under and behind it?
- Are outlets safe from overload (more than 2 appliances per outlet)
- Are all electrical covers in place?
- Are electrical cords free of damage, frayed, or cuts in insulation?
- Do not run electric cords under rugs or carpet, through doorways, or in an area they could be damaged?
- Are extension cords, when used, of proper size? Are they 3 prong, grounded cords?. Circuit breaker protective outlet strips and surge protectors are recommended.
- Are tree limbs trimmed and kept away from your electrical lines?
- Are pool/spa chemicals separated from all other storage and away from all electrical equipment and contaminates such as oil, grease, gasoline, etc.?
- Is the access hole to the attic kept covered?
- Is there a multipurpose ABC fire extinguisher properly mounted in the home where easily accessible?
- Is the fire extinguisher new or inspected by a state licensed company annually?
- Are there enough, properly mounted, working, smoke alarms?
- Are the smoke alarms tested once a month?
- Are home fire drills held? Does your family know 2 ways out and where to meet in case of a fire?
- Is there an address visible from the street or fire lane?
#1 cause of residential fires.
Put a lid on - cooking fires!
You can use baking soda – but don’t use flour!
You can use a fire extinguisher - - - but don’t forget to call 911.
View a printable version of these safety tips (PDF).
View a printable Home Fire Safety Checklist (PDF) by the US Fire Administration.