Fire Preparedness



  • Be sure that your address number is clearly visible to responding fire/rescue workers.
  • Have working smoke alarms installed in all sleeping areas and hallways leading to sleeping areas and on every floor of your home.
  • Keep blankets, curtains, clothing and other combustibles away from portable heaters, wall heaters and stoves.
  • Never smoke in bed. Keep lighters and matches away from children.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets. Avoid running electrical cords under carpets, doors and furniture. Only use electrical appliances and cords in good condition.
  • Use flammable liquids in well ventilated areas.
  • Check chimneys and flue pipes for cracks and proper security. Do not allow combustibles to come in contact with flues.
  • Keep your fireplace chimney clean. Always keep fireplace doors or screens closed to prevent sparks from igniting nearby combustibles.
  • Keep all L.P. gas and oil tanks, valves, piping and appliances in good condition. Have these systems checked by a qualified technician each year.
  • Practice good housekeeping. Avoid accumulating large amounts of combustibles in attics, garages or other rooms.
  • Store gasoline and other flammable liquids in safety cans. Use flammable liquids only in well-ventilated spaces. Recycle used oil and filters.


Take a few minutes to walk through your home and use the following checklist to make sure your home is fire-safe!

  • Alternative Heaters.
    • Use heaters only in well-ventilated rooms.
    • Place heaters where they will not be knocked over easily.
    • Do not use heaters to dry clothing or other items.
    • Keep heaters at a safe distance from curtains, furniture, and all combustibles.
  • Kerosene Heaters
    • Kerosene Heaters are illegal to use in a residence.
    • Fill only with K-1 Kerosene, and never use gasoline or camp stove fuel.
    • Refuel kerosene heaters outdoors and when they’re cool.
  • Wood Stoves and Fireplaces
    • Only use seasoned wood, and never use green wood, artificial logs or trash.
    • Always use a protective screen.
    • Clean interiors, hearths and chimneys yearly.
  • Safe Cooking Practices
    • Don’t leave food unattended on the stove.
    • Keep dangling clothing away from burners.
    • Keep appliances clean and free of grease and crumbs.
    • Keep curtains and other combustibles away from the stove.
    • Make sure the stove is off and small appliances are unplugged before going to bed.
  • Smoke Detectors
    • Place smoke detectors in every bedroom and hallways outside bedrooms.
    • Test the batteries monthly.
    • Change batteries when you change your clocks at Daylight Savings Time.
    • Place smoke detectors at least 4 to 6 inches away from walls and corners.
    • Keep away from Bathrooms and Kitchens to prevent False Alarms
  • Electrical Wiring
    • Replace wiring if it’s frayed or cracked.
    • Do not place wiring under rugs, over nails or in high traffic areas.
    • Avoid overloading outlets and make sure they stay cool to the touch.
    • Keep covers over electric plates and avoid exposed wiring.
  • Electric Space Heaters
    • Plug heaters directly into the wall socket, and not into extension cords.
    • Unplug heaters when they’re not being used.
  • Smoking Habits
    • Never smoke in bed.
    • Keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
    • Always attend burning cigarettes.
  • Children and Fire Safety
    • Keep lighters and matches away from children.
    • Teach children how to call for emergency assistance (911).
    • Use safety plugs in electrical outlets.
  • Home Fire Escape Plan
    • Have an escape plan and make sure all family members know it.
    • Practice the plan every six months.
    • Keep emergency numbers, a whistle and a flashlight near the telephone.
    • Identify an outside meeting place and never return into a burning building.
    • Know how to call for emergency assistance (911).
  • Fire Safety Technology
    • Keep a fire extinguisher handy, especially in the kitchen.
    • Consider installing residential fire sprinklers.


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