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Posted on: January 4, 2019

New Year's Resolution - Conduct a Home/Business Fire Safety Inspection


The Irving Fire Department wants to remind everyone that conducting a HOME OR BUSINESS FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION is very important.

Here is a list of the top ten things to look for when conducting a fire safety inspection: 

  • Have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms save lives, make sure you test them once a month and change the batteries twice a year when changing the clock for daylight savings.
  • Have an appropriate size fire extinguisher for your home or business and know how to use it.
  • Everyone needs to know what to do and where to go if there is a fire. Create and practice a fire escape plan and make sure all exits are marked and unobstructed.
  • Is there an address visible from the street or fire lane? Emergency personnel should be able to see your address from a distance to quickly identify where help is needed.
  • Inspect your electrical cords. Make sure they are not damaged or in an area where they can be damaged. Do not run cords under a rug or carpet or through doorways and use the proper size.
  • Regularly check electrical outlets to ensure that they are not overloaded and make sure to have electrical covers when outlets are not in use.
  • Make sure all areas in and around your home or business are kept free from accumulated materials, paper, trash and other combustible materials.
  • Use an approved container when storing or handling flammable and combustible liquids. Do not store anything that will burn in a central heat or water heater closet.
  • Keep or maintain a three-foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn.
  • Safely dispose of cigarettes in ashtrays or designated containers. Carelessly discarded cigarettes start many fires.

Remember early notification can make all the difference--in case of fire, call 911 even if the fire is a small fire.

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