Fire Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms, and be sure to keep them in operable condition.
  • Keep matches away from sources of heat, such as stoves and heaters.
  • Matches and lighters are for adult use only.
  • Do not leave candles burning unattended.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Cook safely. Stay near your cooking and monitor it closely.
  • Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn. Keep children and pets away from heaters. Turn them off when you leave home or go to sleep.
  • Clean your dryer’s lint filter after each use. Also, make sure to clean underneath and behind your dryer at least twice a year. Make sure the dryer exhaust hose is also cleaned two times a year.
  • Wood burning fireplaces should be inspected once a year.
  • Limit the use of extension cords. If they are used, they are for temporary use only and keep them in the open - not under rugs, over hooks, or through partitions or door openings.

Firewise Tips - Checklist for Homeowners (PDF)