Fire Safety

Fire Prevention Week Tips

Smoke Alarms

Replace smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. 

Smoke Alarms

Have smoke alarms in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement.

Smoke Alarms

Close Before You Doze

Check out these videos to see the incredible difference it makes by having your door closed during a house fire.

Remember to close before you doze!

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Escape Plan

Here are some helpful links for helping you make your home fire escape plan:

NFPA Escape Grid

NFPA Escape Planning Safety Tips - How to make a home fire escape plan




Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them. Place ashes in a tightly covered metal container and keep the ash container at least 10 feet away from the home and any other buildings. Never empty the ashes directly into a trash can. Pour water on the ashes.


For more information on fireplace safety, and home heating fire safetey tips, check out our Fire Safety for Fall section below.



Fire Safety for Fall

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  • Have smoke detectors in every sleeping room, outside each separate sleeping area, and on every level of the home, including the basement
  • Larger homes may need more smoke detectors
  • Put smoke detectors at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button
  • People who are hard-of-hearing can use alarms that have strobes to alert them
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire



  • Do not place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry
  • Turn off space heaters when you go to bed or leave your house
  • Do not store any combustibles near space heaters
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • Make sure everyone in your house knows how to properly operate the space heater
  • Never run heater cords under carpet or a rug, which could damage the cord
  • Purchase a heater with a seal of a qualified testing laboratory
  • Choose a heater with a thermostat and overheat protection

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  • Make sure to get your chimney inspected every year
  • Get all of the connections inspected yearly if you have a natural gas fireplace
  • Clean out your chimney and/or hire a chimney sweep to clean it every fall
  • Use fireplace screens
  • Do not store combustible materials near the fireplace
  • Do not leave a fireplace unattended
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to monitor flue temperatures
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open
  • Use only seasoned hardwood to burn; never burn with cardboard or trash
  • Remove branches, leaves, and other debris from the chimney, flues, or vents
  • Store matches out of reach of children


More Tips Outside

  • Make sure to clear your roof and gutters from leaves and pine needle build up
  • Do not burn leaves, they can produce dangerous chemicals
  • Check with your local fire district before burning outside (click here to find out who the local fire district is for your area)
  • Remove fuel from lawn mowers before storing them for winter

Fire Safety at Home


Stop, Drop, and Roll

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General Safety Information from Other Agencies