Fire Home Safety Inspection Checklist

Smoke Alarms 

There are smoke alarms on every level of the home and inside and outside each sleeping area. 
Smoke alarms are tested and cleaned monthly. 
Smoke alarm batteries are changed as needed. 
Smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.

Cooking Safety

Cooking area is free from items that can catch fire. 
Kitchen stove hood is clean and vented to the outside. 
Pots are not left unattended on the stove.

Electrical & Appliance Safety

Electrical cords do not run under rugs. 
Electrical cords are not frayed or cracked. 
Circuit-protected, multi-prong adapters are used for additional outlets. 
Large and small appliances are plugged directly into wall outlets. 
Clothes dryer lint filter and venting system are clean.

Candle Safety

Candles are in sturdy fire-proof containers that won’t be tipped over. 
All candles are extinguished before going to bed or leaving the room. 
Children and pets are never left unattended with candles.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Carbon monoxide alarms are located on each level of the home. 
Carbon monoxide alarms are less than 7 years old.

Smoking Safety

Family members who smoke use fire-safe cigarettes and only outside. 
Matches and lighters are secured out of children’s sight. 
Ashtrays are large, deep and kept away from items that can catch fire. 
Ashtrays are emptied into a container that will not burn.

Heating Safety

Chimney and furnace are cleaned and inspected yearly. 
Furniture and other items that can catch fire are at least 3 feet from fireplaces, wall heaters, baseboards, and space heaters. 
Fireplace and barbecue ashes are placed outdoors in a covered metal container at least 3 feet from anything that can catch fire. 
Extension cords are never used with space heaters. 
Heaters are approved by a national testing laboratory and have tip-over shut-off function.

Home Escape Plan

Have two ways out of each room. 
Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid toxic smoke. 
Know that once you’re out, stay out. 
Know where to meet after the escape. 
Meeting place should be near the front of your home, so firefighters know you are out. 
Practice your fire escape plan.