Room-by-room Family Fire Prevention Checklist
Home fires account for nearly 85 percent of fire-related deaths, so it's important to be diligent about fire safety in your home. Go through this checklist together to make sure everyone in your family knows and understands how to keep your home safe from fire hazards.
Household Smoke Alarms
Working smoke alarms reduce the chance of dying in a home fire by half.
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home.
- Put smoke alarms in or near rooms where people sleep.
- Test smoke alarms each month. Change batteries once a year or sooner if the alarm chirps.
The kitchen is the number one room in the home where fires start.
- Maintain a 3-foot, kid-free safety zone around the stove when you're cooking.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in the kitchen and make sure everyone knows how to use it.
- Always turn pot handles toward the center of the stove to prevent bumping.
- Keep paper towels, dishtowels and other flammables far away from the stove.
- Never leave cooking food unattended on the stovetop or under the broiler.
- Store matches and lighters out of children's reach.
Fires and burns are the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death in children.
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected annually if you plan to use it.
- Maintain a 3-foot safety zone around the replace, and use a reproof screen in front of your replace.
- Keep lamps and candles away from drapes and fabrics, and never leave lit candles unattended.
Every day, at least one child dies in a home fire.
- Never drape scarves or clothing over lamps and space heaters.
- Place space heaters at least three feet away from bedding, furniture and other flammable items.
- Keep extension cords out from under rugs, and be sure electrical cords are not pinched by doors, cabinets or under furniture.
- Be sure secondary exits such as windows are accessible and not blocked.
- Don't overload outlets with too many appliances.
- Keep curling irons and hair dryers away from flammable materials.
- Clean your dryer's lint filter before each use.
- Shut off the dryer whenever you leave your house, and always unplug the iron when it's not in use.
- Have your furnace cleaned and inspected annually.
- Store paint, old newspapers and other flammables away from the furnace and hot water heater.
Sources: American Red Cross, Safe Kids Worldwide and U.S. Fire Administration