Making Your Home Safer

Household

  • Install a smoke detector on each level of the home
  • Test smoke detectors regularly
  • Place a working fire extinguisher on each level
  • Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1 and report a fire or other emergency
  • Plan and practice fire exit drills from all areas out of the house
  • Know two ways out from each room and have a meeting place away from the house

Kitchen

  • Keep the cooking area free of oil and grease
  • Check under the burners and range for dirt and grease
  • Make sure everyone knows how to fight a grease fire: Smother it with a lid or use a fire extinguisher. Do not pour water.
  • Wear safe clothing and use pot holders. Don't wear loose clothing.

Bedroom

  • Don't smoke in bed
  • Make sure everyone knows what to do if fire breaks out:
  • Remain low
  • Feel the door to see if hot. If hot, use an alternate escape route.
  • Plan an alternate escape route.

Basement

  • Clean and maintain your furnace regularly
  • Keep the furnace area free of trash, papers and paint.

Workshop

  • Make sure electrical outlets are not overloaded
  • Make sure workshops have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers
  • Keep paint and other containers tightly sealed.

Garage & Storage

  • Make sure the garage is separated by a tight-fitting door
  • Store any gasoline in a strong safety can away from the house and garage
  • Cool lawn mower engines before refilling the tank
  • Discard old waste oil, solvents, flammable liquids properly