Fire Safety Checklists
This Fire Safety Checklist is intended as a guide for assessing steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of fire. Checking “No” to any question may indicate a safety hazard. This checklist is intended as a guide only and is not all inclusive.
Answer Yes or No to each of the following questions.
Fire Escape and Detection
- Is there more than one way out of every room in your home?
- Are exit routes clear?
- Are there working smoke detectors on every floor of your home and in/near all bedrooms?
- Do you change the batteries in the smoke detectors at least twice a year?
- Have you conducted a fire drill?
- If you live in a large building is there a building-wide fire alarm system?
- Are the oven, stove and furnace in good repair?
- Do you turn the oven/stove off as soon as you’re finished using it?
- Do you have an annual inspection of your heating system?
- Are portable space heaters allowed?
- Are any portable space heater kept in good repair and at least several feet away from any fabric?
- Are portable space heaters turned off when you are sleeping or leave your home?
- Are any electrical cords in good condition?
- Do you avoid using extension cords whenever possible?
- When the breaker trips or a fuse blows, do you investigate why it happened?
- Do you ensure that extension cords are never run under rugs or across doorways?
- Do you use the correct type of extension cords (different wattages require different types of cords)?
- Are there GFCI outlets installed in the kitchen and bathrooms?
- If you have a fireplace, is the chimney cleaned and inspected annually?
- Do you utilize a safety screen to prevent sparks from igniting items?
- Are any flammable materials kept far away from the fireplace?
- Are halogen lamps prohibited?
- Do you keep items away from any furnace or heater?
- Are any combustible materials (gasoline, propane) stored outside, away from heat and people?
- Do you extinguish candles and incense upon leaving a room or before sleeping?
- Are their carbon monoxide detectors in your home?
- Is smoking prohibited in your home?