Fire Safety Checklist
For Parents, Guardians, or Caretakers
Because fires are dangerous, it is
important that you do all you can to prevent them in your home as well
as prepare all members of your household on how to be safe in the event
of one. Please use the checklist below to make your home environment
safe. If an item cannot be checked off, then do all you can to correct
it within a timely manner so you and your family will be prepared!
OF AN EFFECTIVE ESCAPE PLAN:
practice a fire escape plan with the entire family.
qTwo ways out of every room
in the home.
qA central meeting place
outside the home
qMembers of the household
should know what tasks they are responsible for during an escape
Practice! The plan should be
practiced with all members of the household at least twice a
year. Appoint a “fire chief” (typically father, mother, adult or
caretaker) and hold ‘realistic’ fire drills, remembering to crawl
low under smoke. When practicing, pretend some exits are blocked.
smoke detectors on every level of the home and outside all sleeping
qTest detectors every
month. Let children help you test them monthly.
qReplace batteries twice a
year (“when you change your clocks, change your batteries”).
qDetectors should be
mounted high on walls (4” – 12” from ceiling), ceilings
(positioned 4 inches away from nearest wall), or vaulted ceilings
(mounted at highest point of ceiling).
qReplace detectors every
children to STOP, DROP (cover face), and ROLL if clothes catch on
qRemember to roll
continuously until fire is out.
lighters, matches, and chemicals in a locked or secure location.
all household cleaning agents in a safe place.
sure the kitchen is free of hazards.
leave cooking unattended.
pot handles toward the back of the stovetop.
clothes with tight fitting sleeves.
hang towels or other combustible materials near the cooking area.
electrical outlets safely.
not overload outlets or plug more than one appliance or extension cord
into each outlet.
there are very young children in the home, use childproof plugs in all
frayed, cracked, or broken electrical cords.
qUnplug large and small
appliances when not in use.
portable heaters at least three
feet away from
anything that can burn.
qLet children know that
they shouldn’t touch or play near heaters or place anything on them.
extinguishers on every level of your home.
qEspecially in the
kitchen, basement, and garage.
qKeep them in a secure location and easily accessible.