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Fire Preparedness

There are easy steps you can take to reduce the chance that your home will be damaged or anyone injured in a blaze—whether it starts inside or outside your home.

Practice Home Fire Safety

  • Have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on every level of your home
  • Test and clean smoke detectors monthly and replace batteries at least twice a year
  • Check fire extinguisher pressure gauges monthly
  • Store matches and lighters out of the sight and reach of children
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets or run cords underneath rugs
  • Inspect electrical cords for damage and replace or repair them if needed
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from furniture and drapes
  • Clean the lint screen on your clothes dryer before each use
  • Have your furnace inspected every year. Change filters several times each year
  • Store flammable materials and chemicals safely away from sources of heat
  • Clean fireplace, coal stove and wood stove chimneys every year
  • Thin bushes and trees within 30 feet of your home. Clear a wider area of dead wood and other fire fuels
  • Store firewood at least 30 feet from your home


Know What to Do in a Fire


  • Create a family fire escape plan that shows two ways out of every room and a family meeting place outside. Practice it at least twice a year
  • In a fire, get out fast and stay out. Crawl low under smoke
  • Telephone to report a fire only from outside of a burning building
  • If clothes catch fire, stop, drop to the floor or ground, and roll. Cover your face with your hands


If a Wildfire Threatens Your Home

  • Shut off the gas at the meter
  • Hook up a garden hose and place lawn sprinklers on the roof
  • Wet or pull up vegetation within 15 feet of your home
  • Submerge water-resistant valuables in a pool or pond
  • Move patio furniture inside
  • Close windows and doors
  • Prepare to evacuate immediately, if necessary. Park the car facing your escape route and leave the doors unlocked and the keys in the ignition.