There are many potential dangers within your home. Be aware of where those dangers lie, and you will dramatically reduce the possibility of life-threatening disaster.
- Keep matches and lighters up high and away from children.
- Do not let trash or newspapers and magazines accumulate.
- Never use a generator indoors. Always keep them outside, away from doors, windows, and vents. Do NOT use them in garages, basements or even partially enclosed areas - they must be outside.
Kitchen & Cooking Safety (PDF) - Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires originating in the kitchen.
Candles (PDF) - The majority of candle fires occur because of negligence and human error. Make sure candles are supervised at all times and never placed near flammable materials.
Smoking (PDF) - If you smoke inside, use ashtrays with wide lips, and empty all ashtrays into the toilet or a metal container each night before bed. NEVER smoke in bed.
Home Heating (PDF) - Heating equipment should be inspected and maintained by a professional. Keep flammable materials at least three feet away from all heating sources.
Electrical Safety (PDF) - Routinely check and maintain electrical appliances and wiring. Never overload electrical outlets or extension cords.