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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? 

Heating Elements

  • 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? 

Other Hazards

  • 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?