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Tips to Prevent House Fires

Follow these tips to help prevent fires in your home and minimize damage when a fire starts.

  • Install smoke detectors and check them regularly to ensure they are working properly.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in a convenient location. Make sure it is in working condition and you know how to use it.
  • Plan an escape route in case of fire and rehearse your plan with family members.
  • Ensure you have an easily accessible alternative exit if the first exit is blocked by fire.
  • Never leave candles burning unattended and keep candles out of reach of children.
  • Make sure that cigarettes are fully extinguished when finished smoking.
  • Clean chimneys once a month during heating season and have chimneys inspected annually.
  • Ensure wood stoves are installed properly.
  • Keep clothing and other flammable materials away from heating sources such as space and baseboard heaters.
  • Store matches and lighters in a safe place away from children and sources of heat.
  • Store firewood at least 30 feet from the home.
  • Store flammable materials, liquids and solvents in metal containers, and keep them 30 feet away from the home.
  • Keep brush surrounding your home to a minimum.



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