Home Fire Safety Checklist

A fire can occur in any part of your home!

Use this checklist to make a fire-safety check of your home.

Practice An E.D.I.T.H. (Exit Drill In The Home)
  • Develop a home escape plan that includes:
  • Two exits out of every room
  • An outside meeting place (tree, mailbox, etc.)
  • Practice escape plan with every member
  • Escape using the nearest safe exit
  • Escape and exit away from smoke
  • If room is full of smoke, crawl low to exit
  • Teach all family members how to:
    Call 9-1-1 in an emergency
    (State your name, location & type of emergency)

Smoking Materials & Candles

  • Never leave cigarettes or candles unattended
  • Purchase and use ashtrays that have the center support feature
  • Empty ashtrays into noncombustible containers only and water soak
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy
  • Place candles in noncombustible, sturdy holders
  • Never leave candles unattended
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children

Heating Equipment & Fireplace

  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from all combustibles
  • Never leave space heaters unattended, turn off while sleeping
  • Replace furnace filters regularly
  • Never use oven/cookstove for home heating
  • Clean lint from behind clothes dryer
  • Install a spark screen on fireplace opening
  • Have chimney inspected/cleaned annually
  • Install a spark arrester on chimney
  • Burn only clean, dry firewood
  • Dispose of ashes in metal containers and water soak
  • Keep newspapers, other combustibles, and clutter away from water heater/furnace

Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home
  • Test smoke alarms once a month
    (Hint: use a broom handle to reach & push test button)
  • Replace smoke alarm batteries twice a year
    (Hint: use each time-change as a reminder)
  • Replace smoke alarm units every 10 years

Fire Extinguishers

  • Purchase a multipurpose (ABC) extinguisher
  • Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher
    (Use P.A.S.S.: Pull the pin, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep)
  • Fight fire with a safe exit behind you
  • Inspect extinguishers annually


  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Cuff sleeves and turn pot handles inward when cooking to avoid burn injuries
  • If your clothes catch fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll
  • Never store combustibles in oven or on top of stove
  • When barbequing, move unit away from the house
  • Dispose of coals/ashes in metal containers


  • Make sure yourrhouse number is visible from street
  • Trim trees away from electrical wires
  • Trim trees away from chimney and remove all pine needles and leaves from roofs, eaves & rain gutters
  • Keep lawn mowed a minimum of 30 feet surrounding house


  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits
  • Inspect electrical cords and appliances for damage
  • Do not tack cords to the wall or run them under rugs
  • Maintain air space around electrical equipment, such as, TV, VCR, stereo, etc.
  • Install additional outlets, by a qualified electrician, to avoid using cube taps and extension cords
  • Extension cords are only for temporary use
  • Use only the kind that have a built-in circuit breaker

Hazardous Materials

  • Limit the amount of chemicals stored
  • Dispose of and recycle household hazardous materials properly
  • Store hazardous materials in proper containers with tight-fitting lids and correct identification labels
  • Store hazardous materials away from heat sources
  • Allow for proper ventilation when using flammable liquids and hazardous materials
  • Gasoline and other fuels are only used as fuels for engines and proper appliances
  • Put oily rags in metal containers with tight-fitting lids, not in a pile where they can spontaneously ignite

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