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Fire Safety Tips for Around the House:

Fireplaces and Wood Stoves:

  • Clean and inspect your chimney or wood stove annually, using a certified chimney specialist
  • Vent pipes should be three feet above the roof
  • Make sure wood stoves and portable kerosene heaters have met building codes
    Burn only wood in fireplace or wood stove

Outdoor Fire Safety Tips:

  • Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from your home
  • Regularly clean the leaves, pine needles and other debris off the roof of your home
  • Make sure there are no tree branches hanging above the chimney, flues or vents
  • Store flammable material at least 30 feet from your home
  • Use fire resistant plants and vegetation for landscaping
  • Trees and brush should be thinned within 30 feet around the home
  • Water sources need to be accessible to the fire department

Fire Safety for Children:

  • Children should wear fire-retardant clothing
  • Children need to be taught about fire and fire safety
  • Children should never play around electrical appliances or heaters
  • Children should know the fire escape plan

Smoke Alarms:

  • Smoke alarms should be tested every month
  • Batteries in smoke alarms should be replaced at least once a year
  • Smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years

Fire Escape Plan:

  • Develop a fire escape plan, and practice it with your family
  • Have a designated meeting area in the yard where all family members are to go


  • Don't overload extension cords
  • Look for the UL tag on appliances
  • Check wiring on appliances routinely
  • Replace worn, old or damaged appliance cords
  • Place portable electrical heaters at least 3 feet from curtains, furniture etc.
  • Children should never play around electrical appliances or heaters
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy

Smoke Detectors and Battery Information:

Test your smoke detectors at least once a month. If battery operated, replace the batteries at least once a year. One way to remember to change your battery is to change it during daylight savings time - when you move your clock back or ahead, change your battery. If a detector is more than 10 years old, it should be replaced with a new unit.