Fire Prevention Checklist

Discuss the subject of fire and its prevention with all family members.
Develop a sound fire prevention program for your house along with an escape / action plan in case
of fire. Schedule periodic family drills.

Record the phone numbers of all the closet fire departments (also police and rescue squad) at
all phone locations. Call and inquire if an official fire prevention inspection is available.

Be sure the upper floor bedrooms have easy escape routes via windows with adequate opening.
Do not block key windows with air conditioners or security devices. Provide
inexpensive rope ladders if upper floors are more than a reasonable jump for a child.

Provide solid-core doors for bedrooms and close them at night. A solid door will serve as a fire
shield far longer than hollow or louvered doors.

Close opening around pipes and ducts that run between floors so they will not act as a flue in
case of a fire. Also, if ceiling or attic ventilating equipment is installed,
make certain it can be shut tightly when not in use thereby preventing fire drawing drafts.

Replace small and unsteady ashtrays with heavier, large based ones with wide-angle rims.
Also, keep matches in a central metal container and out of reach of youngsters.

Discard partially filled cans of little used combustible products. Store necessary cans and
bottles in a cool, ventilated location out of reach of youngsters.

Check all household appliance cords and their plugs regularly and replace or repair those that
have become frayed, loose, or broken. Never use undersized extension cords for
higher-wattage appliances or tools. Also, do not overload circuits.

Place portable fire extinguishers at strategic locations in the home
kitchen, hallways, basement, etc. and instruct family on proper use. Check the
charge on each one semi-annually. Be sure fire extinguishers are of type
appropriate for most probable kind of fire (electrical, grease, etc.)

Install heat and/or smoke sensitive fire alarms on every level and in every room in house

Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level in house.

Ground outdoor TV antenna securely to prevent them from conducting lighting
into your home. Install lighting rod to divert power to ground.

Call local utility company at first major sign of trouble gas, fumes, downed electrical line, etc.

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Total Home Inspections, Inc.