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Home Fire Safety Inspection Checklist

Smoke Detectors:

  • Install smoke detectors near bedrooms and on every level of your home.
  • Test batteries monthly.
  • Replace batteries twice a year. (when you change your clocks, change your batteries)
  • Keep smoke detectors at least 4 to 6 inches from walls and corners.

Safe Cooking Practices:

  • Never leave food unattended on stove.
  • Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can’t bump them and children can’t grab them.
  • Keep dangling clothing away from burners.
  • Keep appliances clean and free of grease.
  • If grease catches fire in a pan, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat source. Leave lid on until pan is completely cool.
  • Make sure stove is off and small appliances unplugged before going to bed.

Home Fire Escape Plan:

  • Have an escape plan and make sure all family members know it.
  • Be sure that everyone knows at least two unobstructed ways out – doors and windows – from every room. (if you live in an apartment building, use the stairs – do not include elevators in your escape plan.)
  • Decide on a meeting place outside where everyone will gather after they escape.
  • Teach everyone to “Get Out and Stay Out!” Leave the house and never re-enter the building for any reason.
  • Teach everyone to call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

Stop, Drop, and Roll:

If your clothes catch on fire, do not run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames. If someone else’s clothes catch fire, push them to the ground and roll them over and over, or smother them with a blanket.

Children and Fire Safety:

Use only child-resistant lighters and store all matches and lighters up high, where kids can’t see or reach them, preferably in a locked cabinet. Teach young children that matches and lighters are tools, not toys, and should only be used by adults or with adult supervision.