March 2011 Home Fire Safety Checklist

I saw this in a recent article I was reading and thought it might be an all inclusive checklist for safety around the home.  The Home Fire Safety Checklist was provided by the Seattle Washington Fire Department.

                                                         March Safety Tip

                               HOME FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST


   Baseboard heaters do not touch any furniture or curtains, or other items stored on the floor.

   You have your chimneys and heating systems inspected, cleaned and repaired prior to the

       heating season.

   All portable heaters are placed at least three feet from bedding, furniture, and other

      flammable materials. They are plugged directly in the wall, not into an extension cord.

   Portable heaters are turned off when you leave the room or before going to bed.

   Every fireplace is equipped with a sturdy metal screen.



   You use as few extension cords and plug adapters as possible.

   Extension cords used are not tacked to walls, run under rugs, or through doorways.

   Small appliances, like the toaster, are unplugged when not in use.



   Matches and lighters are kept out of the reach of children in a secure place.

   Paint, varnish, and other flammables are stored in sturdy metal containers and in a cool place.

   Ashes from fireplaces and barbecues are only disposed of in metal containers.

   Candles are only lit when someone is able to keep an eye on them, and when placed in sturdy

       holders away from things that can burn.



   In the event of a grease fire, you know that the best thing to do is to put a lid on it.

   Cooking is never left unattended.

   The oven is never used to heat the home.


Smoke Alarms

   Smoke alarms are installed on a ceiling or high on the wall outside of the bedrooms on each

      level of the home and in every bedroom.

  Smoke alarm batteries are changed once a year.

  Smoke alarms are tested and vacuumed regularly.


Escape Plan

  You have a plan of escape showing two ways out of every room in your home, especially


  You regularly practice your escape plan by holding fire drills in your home.

  Windows used for escaping can be opened easily.

  Your house numbers are clearly visible from the street.   

                                                                Mike Petullo  CMFPD Fire Board