Home Fire Prevention Checklist


  • Is your stove top clean and free of clutter?
  • Are your countertop appliances in good repair (cords too)?
  • Are space heaters at least three feet away from walls and anything else that can burn?
  • If you have a fireplace, does it have a screen to catch sparks?
  • Has your heating system been professionally serviced in the past 12 months?
  • Has your chimney been inspected or cleaned in the past 12 months?
  • If someone in your home smokes, do you have large, deep, non-tip ashtrays?
  • Are matches and lighters locked away up high, out of the reach of children?
  • Do you have adequate electrical circuits for heat producing appliances, such as ranges, dryers, microwaves, and electric space heaters?
  • Are bathroom and kitchen wall outlets protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)?
  • Have you had your fuses or circuit breakers professionally inspected to make sure they match the circuit capacity of your house wiring?
  • Are paints, gasoline, and other flammable liquids stored away from flames and sparks outside the home in a garage or a shed?
  • Do you have smoke alarms installed on every floor of your home?
  • Do your smoke alarms work? (Test them!)
  • Are any smoke alarms in your home more than 10 years old?  If so, replace them.
  • Are there two unobstructed exits (including windows) from each room in your home?
  • Does your family have a fire escape plan, and have you practiced it within the past six months?

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