Fire Prevention & Safety

Careful planning can often help you avoid loss or injury to your family and property.

Installation of Smoke Detectors

  • Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside every sleeping area
    • A hard wired system so the signal can be heard throughout the house is best
    • If you opt for battery operated smoke alarms, be sure to check the batteries regularly and replace them semi-annually.

Fire Extinguishers

  • A-B-C type fire extinguishers should be placed in the kitchen, furnace room, garage and laundry

Fire Escape Plan

  • Make sure there are two ways out of your home for everyone
    • Make sure to have an escape ladder for second floor bedrooms
  • Have a designated meeting place for the family in the event of a fire
  • Once out of the house, stay out until the fire department arrives
  • Make sure your house number is visible and driveway is accessible to emergency vehicles
  • Your babysitter, nanny and/or housekeeper should know the escape plan
  • Teach everyone to Get Out, Stay Out in the event of a fire
  • Call 911 immediately

Electrical Systems

  • If your electrical system uses fuses, aluminum wiring or knob & tub wiring, they may not be adequate for the many electronic devices found in a home today
    • Have a licensed electrician inspect the system and upgrade as needed
  • If you must use extension cords, do not overload or hide under rugs


  • Install a chimney cap to control flying embers onto the roof
  • Always use a fire screen or glass door to keep the fire inside the fireplace
  • Burn only seasoned hardwood to reduce the potential for creosote buildup
  • Have chimneys & fireplaces professionally inspected/cleaned before each heating season
  • When you remove fireplace ashes, they should be placed in a metal container and removed from the house

Furnace/Potable Heater/Wood Stove/Grills

  • Have a professional inspect and clean your furnace on a yearly basis
  • Keep portable space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable objects, such as window treatments, furniture and bedding.
    •  Do not use extension cords to power the unit
  • Check for scorch marks from baseboard heaters on interior walls
  • Follow all local building codes and manufacturer’s instructions when installing a wood stove
  • Gas and charcoal grills should be at least 8 feet from exterior walls
    • Never use an outside grill inside the home or garage

Steps You Can Take Now

  • Keep candles away from drapes, upholstered furniture, and other flammable items
  • Rags, clothing and materials used during wood or deck staining or refinishing can spontaneously combust and are a major fire hazard
    •  Immerse used rags & clothing into water in a metal container & seal with air tight lid
    • After soaking, fully air dry by laying them flat on a non-combustible surface
    • Store cleaned rags in an open metal container and keep them in a well-ventilated area away from any heat source