What Should You Include on a Home Fire Safety Checklist?

What Should You Include on a Home Fire Safety Checklist?

A home fire safety checklist should include cooking safety, proper use of electrical appliances, fireplace safety, smoke alarms and an escape plan route. Cooking safety includes not leaving food unattended that's being fried, grilled or cooked over an open flame. Ensure that potholders are readily available, and turn the pot handles inward so they aren't bumped accidentally. Keep flammable items away from the stove, and make sure small children and pets stay clear as well.

Plug kitchen appliances, small and large, directly into a socket and not into an extension cord. If using extension cords in other parts of the home, do not place them under carpets or in front of doorways. The cords should have no cracks or frayed areas.

If your home has a fireplace, there should be 3 feet of space between the hearth and furniture, pets and people. The same goes for any types of heaters. Turn off space heaters when leaving a room.

Install smoke alarms on every floor of a home. Check and change batteries regularly. An easy way to take care of this is to change the batteries when Daylight Saving Time changes in the spring and fall.

Every home should have an escape route, either through windows or doors. If the home is a two story, make an escape ladder readily available. Decide on an outdoor meeting place so you know everyone got out safely.