Home Safety

Dear Valued Citizen,
Each year, over 4,000 Americans perish and more than 20,000 others suffer serious injuries because of residential fires. Please take a few moments to complete the self-inspection checklist. While some items might not apply to your household, any items you answer "no" could represent a potential hazard in your home that should be corrected.

If you answer "yes" to all of the items, we congratulate you on your personal fire prevention efforts! Thank you for your time and for your interest in fire safety.

Steve Chapman
Fire Chief

Home Self-Inspection Checklist
Please answer yes or no to the following questions and situations:
  • All of my family members know to dial 911 in an emergency
  • Every sleeping area and each level of my home is equipped with a working smoke detector
  • My house numbers can be seen from the street by emergency responders
  • Household chemicals, matches, and cigarette lighters are stored out of reach of children
  • Gasoline is kept in an approved safety container, preferably stored in a locked garage or storage shed
  • Electrical cords are not damaged and are properly used
  • I have a fire extinguisher in my kitchen and know how to use it
  • No combustible materials are stored near cooking areas or heating appliances
  • My fireplace is equipped with a proper screen and fireplace ashes are properly disposed of
  • The lint collector on my clothes dryer is inspected and cleaned before each use
  • I generally practice good housekeeping habits in keeping work areas, the garage, heater closets, etc. free of potential fire hazards
  • My kitchen vent hood is clean and properly maintained
  • I test my smoke detectors once a month
  • I change the batteries in my smoke detectors every year or sooner if necessary
  • Paints, thinners, and other flammable liquids are stored in their original containers, well away from heat, sparks, or flame
  • I never leave cooking food unattended
  • I never smoke when drowsy or when in bed
  • Each room in my home has two clear exits
  • My family developed and practices an emergency escape plan
This checklist can also be printed off and placed in the home for a quick reminder of fire safety.

Quick Facts
  • Most fire fatalities and injuries in the U.S. occur in the victim's own home
  • Two-thirds of all home-fire victims die of smoke inhalation, poisonous gases, or lack of oxygen - not severe burns
  • Cooking is the leading cause of all residential fires and fire injuries
  • Heating equipment is the second leading cause of residential fires
  • More than 40% of fatal home cooking fires occur while the victims are asleep
  • Careless use of smoking materials is the leading cause of residential fires that result in death