Fire Safety

About 3,500 Americans die each year in fires and about 20,000 are injured. You can stop the fire before it starts. Use this fact sheet to learn how to prevent a fire in your home and know what to do if you have a fire.

View a Fire Escape Planning and Home Fire Safety Flyer (PDF).


  • All electrical appliances and tools should have a testing agency label.
  • Have appliances repaired if they aren't working right.
  • Don't overload the outlets.
  • Water and electricity combined cause shock. Have dry hands and don't stand in water. If an appliance gets wet, have it serviced.
  • Don't store things over the stove. People get burned reaching. Turn pot handles so children can't pull them down. Wear tight sleeves when you cook. Loose-fitting garments can catch fire.

Living or Family Room

  • Use a metal fireplace screen. Have the chimney checked and cleaned regularly.
  • Put lighters and matches where small children won't find them. Use special outlet covers to keep children's fingers out.
  • Allow air space around the TV and stereo to prevent overheating. If the TV doesn't work right, it can be a fire danger. Have it checked out.
  • Keep portable heaters away from people and combustibles.


  • Buy a smoke detector and install it outside your sleeping area.
  • Plan two escapes from each bedroom.
  • Don't smoke in bed.
  • Don't overload electrical outlets.

Basement, Garage & Storage

  • Store gasoline and other flammables in tight metal containers. Don't use flammable liquids near heat, a pilot light, or while smoking.
  • Have heating equipment checked yearly.
  • Clean up your workbench. Keep flammables away from sparks.
  • If a fuse blows, find the cause. (Replace a fuse with one of the correct size.)
  • Sort and remove rubbish. Don't store things near the furnace or heater.

What To Do If You Have a Fire

  • Get out immediately, don't try and grab your possessions they can be replaced you can't.
  • Have a predetermined place to meet all the occupants of the residence so every one can be accounted for.
  • Call the Fire Department, don't assume someone else has.
  • Give any information you can to the fire department regarding the location of the fire and what is burning.

Halloween Fire Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy Halloween Safety Tips (PDF).
A cartoon Dalmatian trick-or-treating with children.

Product Safety

For information on Product Safety, check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission Website.
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