Fire Safety in the Home


You CAN Improve Fire Safety In Your Home. Start by making a fire safety inspection of your home. Check your house or apartment room by room to see which of these fire hazards you can find. Then take action to correct them!

bullet Piles of stored newspapers or other rubbish.
bullet Newspapers stored in a damp, warm place may ignite spontaneously.
bullet Oily, greasy rags. If these must be stored, they should be kept in labeled, sealed, metal containers.
bullet Flammable liquids (varnish, paint remover, paint thinner, contact adhesives, cleaning fluids) stored near open flame or pilot lights and in anything other than labeled, sealed metal containers. Dispose of outdated or empty cans properly.
bullet Overloaded outlets or extension cords.
bullet Fuses of the wrong size.


bullet Too small or too full ashtrays. Ashtrays should be large, deep, and emptied frequently, but only when all signs of heat and burning are gone.
bullet Matches and lighters within reach of young children.
bullet Worn or frayed extension cords or other electrical cords run under rugs and carpets or looped over nails or other sharp objects that could cause them to fray.
bullet Insufficient air space around TV, computer and stereo equipment that could cause them to overheat and start a fire.
bullet Additionally, laptop computers left "on" on beds or couches. Doing so can not only damage the computer but prevent it from ventilating, both now and in the future, causing it to overheat.
bullet Curtains, furniture, papers near a space heater.
bullet Overloaded outlets or extension cords.

bullet Matches within easy reach of children.
bullet Overloaded outlets or extension cords.
bullet Curtains or towel racks close to the range or any other heat source.
bullet Flammable liquids (cleaning fluids, contact adhesives, etc.) or aerosols stored near the range or other heat source. Remember, even a pilot light can set vapors on fire. Dispose of outdated or empty cans properly.
bullet Worn or frayed appliance or extension cords.


bullet Remove all materials on or near your stove that could catch on fire, including paper, dishcloths, etc.
bullet Put a box of baking soda and a large pot lid next to your stove. Get a kitchen fire extinguisher and learn how to use it.
bullet Remove electrical cords from under rugs, those nailed to walls and behind radiators.
bullet Replace damaged cords on electrical appliances.
bullet Remove "octopuses" from electrical outlets.
bullet Discard old and unneeded flammable liquids such as cleaning fluids and paint thinners.
bullet Move flammable liquids stored near stoves or other heat source to a safe, distant location.
bullet Clear area around portable space heaters of drapes, furniture, and other burnable materials.
bullet Empty ashtrays of paper, place ashes into the toilet.
bullet Test your smoke detector regularly and replace batteries at least twice year when you change your clock for Daylight Savings.


bullet Cooking while wearing clothes with loose, floppy sleeves or full, billowing tops or skirts that may catch fire
bullet Reaching over a range or climbing onto a range to get something stored above it
bullet Attempting to extinguish a grease fire with anything but baking soda or a lid
bullet Cooking without long hair tied back
bullet Using gasoline to start a fire in the grill or adding lighter fluid to an already-lit fire
bullet Smoking in bed, in a chair or on the sofa when tired, drinking, or under medication.
bullet Smoking while using a cleaning fluid, a paint thinner or another flammable liquid
bullet Using a cigarette lighter after spilling fluid on the hands or clothing
bullet Leaning against a range for warmth or standing too near a heater or fireplace
bullet Peering into a closet with a lighted match, lighter or candle
bullet Sticking paper or wood into a space heater, especially children
bullet Playing with matches or lighters. Small children do this frequently and so do some adults.
bullet Spraying aerosols (perfume, hair spray) while smoking or near a space heater, range or other ignition source