Winter Home Safety Tips

Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Almost half of home
heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and
February. Some simple steps can prevent most heating-related fires from happening.

Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified

Home Safety Checklist

Smoke Alarms

*There is one smoke alarm 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 only buy fire-safe cigarettes and smoke 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

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.