Fire Safety

Fire Safety for Fall

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  • Have smoke detectors in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement
  • Larger homes may need more smoke detectors
  • Put smoke detectors at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
  • People who are hard-of-hearing can use alarms that have strobes to alert them
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire



  • Do not place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry
  • Turn off space heaters when you go to bed or leave your house
  • Do not store any combustibles near space heaters
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • Make sure everyone in your house knows how to properly operate the space heater
  • Never run heater cords under carpet or a rug, which could damage the cord
  • Purchase a heater with a seal of a qualified testing laboratory
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection

Fireplace Graphic


  • Make sure to get your chimney inspected every year
  • Get all of the connections inspected yearly if you have a natural gas fireplace
  • Clean out your chimney and/or hire a chimney sweep to clean it every fall
  • Use fireplace screens
  • Do not store combustible materials near the fireplace
  • Do not leave a fireplace unattended
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to monitor flue temperatures
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open
  • Use only seasoned hardwood to burn; never burn with cardboard or trash
  • Remove branches, leaves, and other debris from the chimney, flues, or vents
  • Store matches out of reach of children
Holiday Fire Safety


  • When choosing a costume stay away from long trailing fabric or bulky costumes that could catch on fire
  • Choose a costume that is flame retardant
  • Keep all decorations, especially items like crepe paper or cornstalks, away from open flames, light bulbs, and heaters
  • Keep exits clear of decorations in order not to block possible escape routes
  • Use caution when using a candle for jack-o-lanterns, or opt for a battery-operated candle
  • When lighting jack-o-lanterns use a utility lighter or a longer style of matches
  • If using lit candles in jack-o-lanterns, be sure to watch children around them, and place them far enough away from anything that could potentially burn in case they tip over

Fire Safety at Home


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