Home fires in the United States number over 1,000 a day. How safe is your home from fire? Have the whole family study these questions and check fro fire hazards. Every “No” points to a fire hazard.
(A printable copy of this checklist is available here: Home Fire Safety Checklist)
MATCHES AND CARELESS SMOKING HAZARDS
- Do you keep matches away from sources of heat such as stoves and heaters?
- Do you make sure matches and smoking materials are out before disposing of them?
- Do you have plenty of large, non-combustible ashtrays in every room?
- Is “No smoking in bed” a rule in your home?
- Do you allow only qualified electricians to install or extend your wiring?
- Are there enough electrical outlets in every room to avoid the need for multiple attachment plugs and long extension cords?
- Do you have special circuits for heavy-duty appliances such as stoves?
- Do you use only 15 amp fuses for your household light circuits?
- Are all extension cords in the open – not run under rugs, over hooks, or through partitions or door openings?
YARD AND GARAGE HAZARDS
- Do you keep your yard cleared of leaves, debris, and combustible rubbish?
- If any of the surrounding property is vacant, have weeds, dry leaves, and rubbish been cleared off?
- If you keep gasoline for use in a power mower or outboard motor, is it stored in a strong, metal safety-type can with self-closing caps on the openings?
- If your garage is attached to the house, is it separated by a tight-fitting door, which is kept closed?
- Do you keep your basement, closets and attic cleared of old rags, papers, mattresses, broken furniture, and other combustible odds and ends?
- After using oily polishing rags or waste, do you destroy them or place them in covered metal cans?
- If you store paint, varnish, etc., do you keep the containers tightly closed?
HOME APPLIANCE HAZARDS
- Do you always turn off the stove / oven before leaving the kitchen?
- Do you always turn the dryer off before leaving your home?
- Do you always clean the lint tray in your dryer before each use?