□□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 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.
□□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.
□□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.
□□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.