Home Fire Safety Inspection Checklist For NJ Homes
A Fire can occur in any part of your home. Use this checklist to make a safety check of your
rAre all matches and lighters kept out of children’s reach?
rIs “NO SMOKING IN BED” a rule of the house?
rIs your family aware that ash trays should NEVER be emptied into waste baskets?
rAre there plenty of large, safe ash trays throughout the house?
rDo you check for smoldering cigarette butts in the furniture?
rAre appliances checked periodically for good operating conditions?
rAre you careful not to run extension cords under rugs or over hooks and nails?
rWhen using extension cords for appliances, does the gauge of both cords match?
rAre electrical outlets overloaded?
rDo you keep rubbish cleaned out of attics, garages and yards?
rIs paint kept in tightly closed metal containers?
rAre flammable liquids stored in safety cans and kept away from heat and children?
rHave you make it a rule to NEVER use flammable liquids for cleaning clothes or start fires?
rAre oily rags kept in a tightly sealed container?
rIs your clothes dryer vent clean and properly installed?
Heating and Cooking:
rIf you have a fireplace, is a screen always placed in front of it?
rIs the filter for your forced air heater changed yearly and the venting cleaned?
rAre furnaces and wood burning stoves in good repair and located away from combustible
walls and ceilings?
rDo you have the fireplace chimney cleaned and checked periodically?
rDo you make sure combustibles are not stored near the stove, heater or fireplace?
rDo your children keep a safe distance from flame and heat sources?
rHave you installed a smoke alarm outside every sleeping area or in every bedroom on each
rDo you test your smoke alarm(s) every month?
rDo you replace the battery of your battery operated smoke alarm every year?
Fire Escape Plan:
rDoes your family have a fire escape plan prepared?
rIs your escape plan posted and regularly practiced?
rDoes each bedroom have TWO exits?
rDo you have a meeting place so you will know everyone is outside and safe?
rAre emergency response numbers posted on all telephones?
rIs your address on or near your telephone?
rDo all family members know how to dial 9-1-1 for fire, police or medical emergencies?
rDo you show your babysitter/guests your home escape routes and review 9-1-1- with
rDoes your family (and babysitter) know the first rule in fire emergencies: GET EVERYONE
OUT FAST AND DON’T GO BACK INSIDE?
rDo you have a UL or FM approved fire extinguisher in your home?
rDo you take it out two times a year and shake it to keep the powder from packing?
rHave all dried grass cuttings, tree trimmings and weeds been removed from your property?
rCan you see your house number from the street?
For additional information on home fire and injury prevention contact your local fire department.
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