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Home Fire Safety Self-Evaluation


  1. 1. Fire Protection Equipment
  2. 2. Exterior
  3. 3. Electrical
  4. 4. General
  5. 5. Exits
  6. 6. Extras
  • Fire Protection Equipment

    1. 1. Are Smoke Detectors provided on each level of the home, inside each bedroom and in the hallways / areas outside all sleeping areas?*
    2. The death rate from fire is more than twice as high in homes that do not have working smoke alarms.
    3. 2. Have you tested your smoke detectors in the last month?*
    4. Test smoke detectors every month.
    5. 3. Have you replaced smoke detector batteries within the last six months?*
    6. Change smoke detector batteries every six months.*
    7. 4. Is your smoke detector more than 10 years old?*
    8. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years. They become clogged with dust and are less effective over time.
    9. 5. Are CO detectors in place and operational? *
    10. Carbon Monoxide is often called the ‘invisible killer’. It is an odorless, colorless gas that limits the body’s ability to use oxygen. CO can be created by a variety of things - including a running vehicle in an attached garage.
    11. 6. Do you have a fire extinguisher on every level of your home?*
    12. Purchase an ABC dry chemical extinguisher for every level of your home and learn to use it! This will cover the most common types of home fires - grease, wood, paper, oil and electrical.
    13. 7. Do you have a kitchen-rated fire extinguisher within reach while cooking?*
    14. 65% of all fires start in the kitchen. Most involve grease, which can’t be put out with water. That’s why an extinguisher specifically designed for the kitchen is needed.
    15. 8. Do you have a fire extinguisher in your garage?*
    16. Paints, oil, gasoline and other flammable materials are typically kept in the garage
    17. 9. Do you know the proper maintenance for a fire extinguisher? *
    18. Fire extinguisher gauge
    19. Check your fire extinguisher each month, making sure the pressure gauge shows the needle in the green area. Inspect the seals and look for damage such as corrosion. It is also a good idea to turn the fire extinguisher onto its side and slowly tilt the ends back and forth. This keeps the mixture inside from becoming compacted.