Fire Safety Checklist for Homeowners and Renters

    If there is a fire, you may have less than 3 minutes to get out of your home. Talk about what you should do to be safe. Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do if there is a fire.

    Put a check in front of each statement that is true for your home!

    Smoke Alarms

    • Smoke alarms are on every level of the home.
    • Smoke alarms are inside and outside sleeping areas.
    • Smoke alarms are tested each month.
    • Smoke alarm batteries are changed as needed.
    • Smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.

    Cooking Safety

    • The cooking area has no items that can burn.
    • People stay in the kitchen when they are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
    • Pot handles are always turned toward the back of the stove.

    Escape Plan

    • There is a fire escape plan that shows 2 ways out of every room.
    • Everyone knows where the safe meeting place is outside the home.
    • Everyone living in the house practices the escape plan 2 times a year.

    Carbon Monoxide Alarms

    • Carbon monoxide alarms are located on each level of the home.
    • Carbon monoxide alarms are less than 7 years old.

    Electrical and Appliance Safety

    • All electrical cords are in good condition and not broken or cut.
    • People clean the dryer of lint after every use.
    • All plug outlets are safe and do not feel warm when you touch them. (If they are warm, call the landlord or an electrician.)

    Candle Safety

    • Candles are in sturdy fire-proof containers that won’t be tipped over.
    • Adults blow out all candles when leaving the room or going to bed.
    • Candles are kept out of reach from children and pets.

    Source for Content: U.S. Fire Administration

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