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Home Fire & Safety Check List
Home Fire Safety Inspection Checklist

Cooking
    - Never leave cooking unattended
    - Cuff sleeves and turn pot handles inward when cooking to avoid burn injuries
    - Never store combustibles in oven or on top of stove
    - When barbecuing, move unit away from the house
    - Dispose of coals/ashes in metal containers

Smoking Materials and Candles
    - Never leave cigarettes or candles unattended
    - Purchase and use ashtrays that have the center support feature
    - Empty ashtrays into noncombustible containers only
    - Never smoke in bed
    - Place candles in noncombustible sturdy holders
    - Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children

Smoke Alarms
    - Install smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every 
      level of your home
    - Test smoke alarms once a month
        (Hint: use a broom handle to reach and push test button)
    - Replace smoke alarm batteries once a year (Use Daylight Savings as
         a reminder)
    - Replace smoke alarm units every 10 years

Fire Extinguishers
    - Purchase a multipurpose (ABC) extinguisher
    - Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher 
        (Use a PASS; Pull the pin, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep)
    - Inspect extinguisher annually

Develop and Practice a Home Escape Plan
    - Develop a home escape plan that includes
        ~ Crawling low under smoke, go out and stay out
        ~ Two exits out of every room
        ~ Have a meeting place outside (tree, mailbox, etc.)
    - Practice escape plan with every member
    - Teach all family members how to Dial 911 in an emergency and to state your 
      name, location and type of emergency

Exterior
    - Make house number visible from street
    - Trim trees away from electrical wires
    - Trim trees away from chimney and remove all pine needles and leaves 
      from roofs, eaves and rain gutters
    
Heating Equipment and Fireplace
    - Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from all combustibles
    - Replace furnace filters once a year or recommended by manufacturer
    - Clean lint from behind clothes dryer
    - Install a spark screen in front of the fireplace
    - Have chimney inspected and cleaned annually
    - Install a spark arrester on chimney
    - Dispose of ashes in metal containers
    - Keep newspapers, other combustibles and clutter away from water heater

Electrical
    - Avoid overloading electrical circuits
    - Inspect electrical cords and appliances for damage
    - Do not tack cords to the wall or run them under rugs
    - Maintain plenty of air space around electrical equipment such as TV, VCR,
     stereo, etc..
    - Install additional outlets, by a qualified electrician, to avoid using    
       extension cords
    - If you must use extension cords, use only the kind that have a built in circuit 
     breaker

Flammable Liquids and Hazardous Materials
    - Limit the amount of chemicals stored
    - Dispose of and recycle household hazardous materials properly
    - Store hazardous materials in proper containers with tight fitting lids and correct
     identification labels
    - Store hazardous materials away from heat sources
    - Put oily rags in metal containers with tight fitting lids, not in a pile where 
     they can spontaneously ignite