Sometimes the simplest tasks can make the biggest difference. When it comes to fire safety at home, one easy step can make a difference between life and death. You MUST see South Metro Fire Rescue’s video, emphasizing the importance of just one simple step that can save your family’s life in the event of a fire. WATCH VIDEO NOW!>>
This video perfectly illustrates how the tiniest effort can have an enormous impact. There are other things that you can do at home to increase your family’s safety that requires little to no effort but bring about huge results. Please take a moment to read through the following Home Fire Safety & Prevention Checklist to reduce the number of hazards around your home and ensure you’re taking as many precautions as possible to help keep your family and loved ones safe in the event the unthinkable happens.
Home Fire Safety & Prevention Checklist
- Are there Smoke Detectors on every level of the home?
- Are there Smoke Detectors inside and outside all sleeping areas?
- Are all Smoke Detectors in the home less than 10 years old?
- Do any of the Smoke Detectors need new batteries?
- Are there Carbon Monoxide Detectors on each level of the home?
- Are all Carbon Monoxide Detectors in the home less than 7 years old?
- Do basement bedrooms have an egress and are they escape accessible?
- Fire extinguishers – Are there fire extinguishers present where needed?
- Fire extinguishers – Are the current extinguishers past their expiration dates?
- Kitchen – Is a preventative shut-off device present at the stove?
- Kitchen – Is a Fire Suppression System present at/above the Stove?
- Dryer – has the vent been cleaned in the last 2-3 years?
- Dryer – have the cords been checked to ensure no issues or frays?
- Are any electrical switches and/or outlet trim plates warm to the touch?
- Are GFCI’s present in the Kitchen, Bathrooms, Garage & Exterior?
- Exterior area review – Do excessive limbs, leaves, or shrubs need to be trimmed or removed?
- BBQ grill – Does it need to be cleaned, or have excess grease removed?
- BBQ grill – Are the gas/propane lines in good condition and not leaking?
- Extension cords used around the home – Are they free from cuts/frays?
- Flammable liquids – Are they stored away from appliances and heat sources?
- Furnace – Is it clear from storage items and materials by at least 3’?
- Water Heater – Is it clear from storage items and materials by at least 3’?
- Circuit/fuse boxes – Are they clear from storage items and materials by at least 3’?
- Are fire exits clear of obstruction?
- Do you have a Fire Escape Plan?
- Two story home – Is there an escape ladder in the home?