Home Safety Practices

Kitchen Fire - Video

Click on the link below to watch a video that outlines the correct steps to put out a kitchen fire.

Kitchen Oil Fire

Smoke Detectors

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home and outside of the sleeping areas.
  • Keep smoke detectors clean and dust-free.
  • Test each smoke detector every month.
  • Replace batteries every year.
  • Check hard-wired smoke detectors regularly and make sure the signal light blinks.
  • There are now smoke detectors for the hearing impaired.
Fire Extinguishers
  • Use extinguishers on small fires only.
  • Read all manuals and know how to use your extinguishers before you need it.
  • Keep extinguishers in the kitchen, garage, and workshop.
  • Purchase an extinguisher that works for all fire types.
  • Keep extinguishers out of the reach of small children
Be Prepared - Your exit plan
  • Make a floor plan with at least two means of escape from each room.
  • Never use an elevator during a fire.
  • If your home has an upper level, easy to use window escape ladders are available.
  • Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
  • If a door feels hot, DO NOT OPEN IT! Find another way out.
  • Practice fire drills, using a variety of escape routes with the whole family.
  • Agree on where to meet outside for a head count.
  • Never go back into a burning building once you are out.
  • Make sure that all exit areas are cleared of clutter.
  • Always use a fire screen.
  • Don't store papers, wood, matches, etc. near the fireplace.
  • Do not have a wooden floor or rug directly in front of a fireplace.
  • Have your chimney and fireplace inspected and cleaned before and after each burning season.
  • For gas fireplaces, strike the match first, then turn on gas.
  • Have a spark arrester installed in the chimney
  • Never burn chemically treated products. They can release toxic fumes.
  • Never let children or pets near the fireplace.
  • Don't build a fire too large.
Space Heaters/Furnaces
  • Have furnaces inspected and cleaned every year.
  • Have furnaces installed by a licensed professional.
  • Don't store anything near a furnace, hot water tank or space heater.
  • Never leave space heaters on when you are not in the room.
  • Keep space heaters three or more feet away from walls and anything that may burn.
  • Never use extension cords with a space heater.
  • Never use your oven or range as a substitute for a proper heater.
  • Always strike the match first, before turning the gas on with a gas space heater.
Clothes Dryers
  • Always have your dryer installed by a professional.
  • Dryers must be vented to the outside.
  • Keep dryer vents clean of lint and dust.
  • Never leave a dryer running when you are not home.
  • Never put plastic, rubber, foam or synthetics into a dryer.
  • Do not use extension cords unless absolutely necessary.
  • Make sure all cords used are in good shape with no fraying or worn spots.
  • Never overload a socket.
  • Only use light bulbs with the correct wattage for each fixture.
  • Check wall receptacles to ensure that they are not loose.
  • Allow air space around TVs computers, stereos and lamps.
  • Never replace a blown fuse with anything other than the correct replacement fuse.
  • If your circuit breaker trips constantly, cut down the number of things plugged into that line.
  • Always have a qualified electrician install new wiring.
Kitchen Safety
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it.
  • Never put water on a grease fire. Turn of the stove and cover with a lid, or close the oven door.
  • Watch children closely in the kitchen.
  • Keep pot handles turned towards the back of the stove.
  • Don't store items on the stovetop.
  • Don't have anything hanging over the stovetop or oven.
  • Keep stovetops and ovens clean.
  • Always turn off the stove and oven when not in use.
  • Check wires of appliances to make sure they are in good order.
  • Wear tight fitting clothing when cooking.
  • Keep the exhaust hood and fan clean.
  • Wipe up spills on the stovetop as soon as it is cool.
  • Keep lighters and matches away from kids.
  • Practice fire safety with the whole family.
  • Watch children closely around fires.
  • Never leave children alone with space heaters.
  • If a child seems overly interested in fire, consider professional help for them.
Flammable Liquids
  • Store only in approved safety containers.
  • Keep away from any heat, flame or spark source.
  • Never use a flammable liquid indoors.
  • Keep flammables away from the house and garage in a separate storage shed.
  • Keep children away from flammable liquids.
  • Never fill a hot lawnmower, snow blower, etc. Let the engine cool first.
  • Always start equipment at least ten feet away from where you filled it.
  • Never fill equipment with gas while inside the house, garage, etc. Always fill outside, away from buildings and heat sources.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Don't smoke when tired or drinking.
  • Use large, deep ashtrays.
  • Empty ashtrays frequently. Don't allow them to overfill.
  • Wet butts and ashes before emptying ashtrays.
  • Keep matches, lighters and cigarettes out of the reach of children.
  • Be aware of what your cigarette, cigar or pipe is doing while it is lit.


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