Prevent Home Fires

Most home fires occur in the kitchen while cooking and are the leading cause of injuries from the fire. Common causes of fires at night are carelessly discarded cigarettes, sparks from fireplaces without spark screens or glass doors, and heating appliances left too close to furniture or other combustibles. These fires can be particularly dangerous because they may smolder for a long period before being discovered by sleeping residents. 

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

  1. Children
  2. Cooking
  3. Electrical & Appliance Safety
  4. Fireplaces & Wood Stoves
  5. Portable Space Heaters
  6. Smoking
  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Teach children not to pick up matches or lighters they may find. Instead, they should tell an adult immediately.
  • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.

More Prevention Tips

  • Avoid using lighted candles.
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home.
  • Replace mattresses made before the 2007 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard. Mattresses made since then are required by law to be safer.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators should never be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well-ventilated areas.