Protect your Home and Family With This Checklist

The National Safety Council recommends this home ‘fire safety’ checklist to insure your home is safe and fire hazard free:


 Check electrical appliances for loose or frayed cords. Do not place wires under rugs.

 Check for outlets overloaded with plugs; including TV, computer, stereo, and printer.




 Install GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in your home, especially near sources of water like your bathroom, kitchen and laundry room.

 Use the correct bulb wattage for home light fixtures.

 If any appliances spark, smell unusual or overheat, replace or get repaired by a professional.

 Lamps and nightlights should not touch any fabrics (bedspreads, drapes, etc.).

 Electrical blankets should be unplugged when not in use. Check for frayed or loose cords and any odd smell. If a problem is detected, replace.



 Supervise children around the stove and microwave.

 Perform annual inspection of furnace or heating system.

 Candles (and matches) should be out of reach of children and pets, curtains and furniture. Never leave candles unattended.




Space heaters

o Keep out of walking paths.
o Keep away from children and pets.
o Placed away from beds.
o Newspapers, magazines, and any fabrics, including curtains, sheets, tablecloths, should never be within 3 feet of a space heater.
o Unplug when not in use.


In the kitchen

o Keep an eye on appliances when in use.
o Make sure appliances are turned off and unplugged when not in use.
o When using pots and pans, use the rear burners and turn the handles inwards.
o Do not wear loose clothing while cooking.




o Keep the fire place clean.
o Cover your fireplace with a screen.
o Only burn wood. Papers and other materials can escape while burning and ignite something nearby.
o The fire should be completely extinguished before leaving the room.
o Have your chimney cleaned professionally once a year.


Test Your Knowledge

Parents and kids…learn more by taking this educational safety quiz, from FireSafetyForKids.Org

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