Home Safety Evaluation

Watching for fire hazards and having a home fire escape plan provide your family with the knowledge to be safer from fire. Fill out the checklist below to help you determine how safe your family is.

Still not sure? Contact us to set up a home safety evaluation at your convenience. Firefighters will come to your home, point out fire hazards, check smoke alarms, and make sure your family understands the importance of fire escape planning. For additional information, email the Public Education Coordinator or call us at 360-576-1195.


checkbox Is there a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and near each sleeping area?
checkbox Are they mounted high on walls or on ceilings well away from the path of steam from bathrooms and cooking vapors from the kitchen which can result in false or nuisance alarms?
checkbox Do you replace the batteries regularly (at least every year)?
checkbox Do you test your smoke alarm monthly?
checkbox Have you pushed the "Test" button and made sure everyone recognizes the sound?
checkbox If you are hearing and/or visually impaired, do you have smoke alarms with strobes and/or vibration signals?
checkbox Does everyone living in your home know to escape first and then call 9-1-1 from a safe location?
checkbox Do you have an escape plan?
checkbox Does it include two ways out of every room?
checkbox Is everyone living in your home familiar with the plan?
checkbox Do you have a designated meeting place, outside your home, that everyone knows?
checkbox Do you practice the escape plan regularly and at varying times so the escape plan becomes second nature?
checkbox Have you practiced your escape plan when family members are sleeping to make sure each person awakes and is able to properly respond to the smoke alarm?
checkbox Have you practiced your plan crawling on hands and knees as though there were heat and smoke?
checkbox Have you practiced your plan with an exit blocked to become familiar with using alternate exits?
checkbox Is there a flashlight with good batteries by each person’s bed?
checkbox Is there a whistle by each bed to warn others of a fire or to alert rescuers to that location?
checkbox Are your house and car keys near your bedside so they are easily accessible?
checkbox Do windows and doors open easily from inside?
checkbox Do you keep escape routes clear at all times (furniture, toys, storage, clutter)?
checkbox Have you provided escape ladders or other provisions for upstairs rooms? Have ladders been opened and used safely from the ground floor window for practice?
checkbox Have you ensured that family members with special needs, such as small children, the ill or frail, and those who can't wake up at the alarm sound, have a "buddy" to help them get out safely?
checkbox Are address numbers at least 3-5" high, a contrasting color from the rest of the exterior, and clearly visible from the street?
checkbox Do you have a single box containing all important papers (preferably fireproof)?
checkbox Have you cataloged and updated your household inventory for insurance claims?

Fire Safety:

checkbox Do you keep space heaters at least three feet from anything that will burn (newspapers, furniture, curtains, clothes, etc.)?
checkbox Are all electrical cords and plugs in good condition?
checkbox Are you careful not to overload any electrical outlet, extension cord, or power strip?
checkbox Do you frequently check wires and cords to make sure they are not damaged?
checkbox Are bathroom and kitchen outlets protected by ground-fault circuit interrupters?
checkbox Are candles and oil lamps fully extinguished before you leave the room or go to sleep?
checkbox Are candles in sturdy non-tip and non-combustible candle holders?
checkbox Do you keep candles out of the reach of children and pets and have a rule that children may not have candles or incense in their rooms?
checkbox Do you keep matches and lighters high, out of the reach and sight of children, preferably in a locked cabinet?
checkbox Is there a fire extinguisher within easy access to the cooking area? Do you know how to use it?
checkbox Do you always keep things that can burn, such as dish towels, paper and plastic, curtains, etc... at least three feet from the range top?
checkbox Do you always remain in the room while cooking?
checkbox Do you avoid wearing any loose fitting clothing that could catch fire while cooking?
checkbox Do you turn off and unplug appliances when they are not in use? Are curling irons and hot rollers unplugged immediately after every use?
checkbox Do you keep appliances and surrounding areas clean so that grease does not build up and catch fire?
checkbox Is every smoker committed to never smoke in bed?
checkbox Do you douse cigarette and cigar butts with water before dumping them in the trash?
checkbox Do you have large, deep, non-tip ashtrays for smokers?
checkbox Are newspapers, empty boxes, rags, paints, and gasoline cans stored in proper containers outside the house and away from heaters, outlets, or any other possible ignition source?
checkbox Do you have chimneys, fireplaces, wood and coal stoves, central furnaces, and space heaters inspected by professionals once a year and cleaned regularly?
checkbox Is firewood stacked at least ten feet from the house?
checkbox If you have a wood or coal fueled stove, is it properly installed and maintained?
checkbox If you have a fireplace, is it fitted with approved doors or screens? Do you keep anything that will burn well away from the fireplace?
checkbox Are all ashes and coals placed in a metal container away from the house?
checkbox Is the exterior of your home clear of all trash, dead grass, leaves, and other combustible materials?
checkbox Is your barbeque grill at least three feet from the house, trees, shrubs, and other things that will burn when cooking? Never use a grill on a wooden deck or porch or indoors.

Please contact us for further information at (360) 576-1195

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