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Fire Safety Checklist

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  1. Check Batteries on Smoke Detectors: Make sure that your residence has smoke detectors installed in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. Test the smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries every six months.
  2. Plan Your Escape: Make an emergency escape plan in case of a fire. Identify all possible escape routes from your home and have a designated meeting spot outside. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year with everyone in your household.
  3. Check Electrical Cords: Inspect electrical cords for any signs of wear, such as frayed or cracked cords, and replace them immediately. Never run cords under rugs or furniture, and avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.
  4. Be Careful with Heating Appliances: Keep space heaters at least three feet away from any flammable materials, such as curtains or furniture. Turn off heaters when you leave the room and before you go to bed.
  5. Keep Flammable Items Away from Heat Sources: Keep flammable items such as curtains, bedding, and clothing away from heat sources, such as space heaters or stoves.
  6. Keep Stovetops Clean: Clean the stovetop after each use to prevent grease and food buildup, which can catch fire. Keep a lid nearby to smother a small stovetop fire.
  7. Check Fireplaces and Chimneys: Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional annually. Use a screen to prevent sparks from flying out of the fireplace and keep flammable materials away.
  8. Don’t Smoke Inside: Smoking is a leading cause of home fires. Never smoke inside your residence and use a deep ashtray for cigarette butts. Wet cigarette butts before disposing of them.
  9. Be Prepared: Keep a fire extinguisher in your residence and know how to use it. Make sure that the extinguisher is in good working condition and easily accessible.
  10. Know Your Fire Department Contact Info: Identify the phone number for your local fire department and post it in a visible place. Make sure everyone in your household knows how to call for emergency assistance.