Family Fire Safety Planning
Every family should have a fire safety plan that includes escape routes and a meeting place outside of your home in case of fire. By making sure everyone knows this plan and practices it, you can be better prepared in case of emergency. Learn more about escape planning.
Home Fire Inspection Checklist
Make sure you and your family members can answer, “yes” to these questions:
- Is your local emergency phone number on your telephone?
- Can your house number be seen from the street so that emergency vehicles can find it?
- Do you have a smoke alarm in your home? Is it tested monthly? Make sure to change the batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall. Learn more about installing and maintaining smoke alarms.
- Do you practice Operation EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home) with your family?
- Do you talk to babysitters, grandparents and others about the EDITH plan when they’re in your home?
- Is there a fire extinguisher in your home? Does everyone know where and how to use it?
- Are all matches and lighters kept in a safe place away from children?
- Do you know to stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch on fire?
- Do you have a screen on your fireplace? Is it closed at all times?
- Is your yard clear of old tree branches, litter and weeds?
- Do you sleep with your bedroom door closed to prevent the spread of fire?
Kids Fire Safety Activities
Making sure your kids are educated on fire safety is the best way to protect them. Fill out the activity sheets and fire safety quiz below with your kids. Make sure you talk about your family escape plan and what to do if you see a fire.
Fire Safety Resources
- National Fire Protection Association
- Fact sheets and information on fire safety in the home.
- Call 811 Before You Dig
- Building a deck? Planting a tree? Installing a mailbox? 811 is the new number you should call before you begin any digging project.