Keep Your Home Safe from Fire
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Jose Lamas, Financial Capability Educator
Here is what you can do to keep you and your family safe from fire at home.
Electrical Fire Safety
- Plug only one heat-producing appliance (like a coffee maker or toaster oven) into a wall outlet at a time.
- Never use extension cords with heating or air conditioning equipment.
- Do not use damaged or frayed electrical cords or extension cords.
- Turn off and unplug space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.
For more information, see the U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA’s) Electrical Fire Safety handout.
General Fire Safety
- Make sure that items that could catch fire — like wood, paper, cloth, rubber, trash, and plastics — are not too close to heaters, stoves, and fireplaces.
- Never smoke in bed or overstuffed furniture, or leave a burning cigarette in an ashtray.
- Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
- Teach your children about the dangers of playing with fire.
- Buy and install smoke alarms and fire extinguishers for each floor of your home.
To make your home safer, follow this Fire Safety Checklist for Homeowners and Renters from USFA (en español: Lista para la prevención de incendios dirigida a los propietarios e inquilinos).
U.S. Department of Agriculture. (n.d.). Making your home safe from fire and carbon monoxide.
U.S. Fire Administration. (n.d.). Outreach materials and educational programs.
Apartment Fire Safety Begins with a Plan — United States Fire Administration — Follow these steps to stay safe should you need to get out of an apartment or condominium quickly due to a fire. English | español