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Posted on: January 29, 2018

Winter Fire Safety Checklist

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More than half of all home fires occur in December, January and February, so be sure to complete this checklist to help keep your family safe this winter:

Quick Checks

  • Have you tested your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms?
  • Have you had your furnace professionally inspected?
  • Have you had your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected?
  • Have you checked your appliances for worn or damaged cords?
  • Have you checked your dryer exhaust vent for lint buildup?
  • Do you have a covered metal container ready to dispose of cooled ashes?
  • Did you remember to sit your fireplace ashes outside to completely cool?

Too Hot to Handle                                          

  • Do your portable space heaters have an automatic shutoff?
  • Is there at least 3 feet of space between space heaters and other objects?
  • Do you turn space heaters off overnight or when unattended?
  • Are your space heaters plugged directly into an outlet?
  • Do your children know to stay 3 feet away from any space heater?
  • Do you always use a fire guard in front of a burning fire?

Just in Case                                                                      

  • If there's a fire hydrant near your home, are you committed to keeping it free of snow?
  • Have you made and practiced a fire escape plan?
  • Do you have a fire extinguisher handy?
  • Do your children know how to dial 911?
  • Are your house numbers easily visible?
  • Have you packed an emergency supply kit for your home?

View and download the Checklist (PDF)

Courtesy of Miami Valley Fire District

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