Residential Fire Prevention & Response - Part 1

There are a number of things homeowners can do to avoid a fire-related tragedy. For example:

  • Install working smoke detectors on each level of the home, and outside bedrooms.
  • Replace smoke detector batteries every six months.
  • Review fire escape routes with family members, and be certain the plan includes family pets.
  • Hold periodic fire drills, and designate an outside location where family member will meet in a fire emergency.

Residential fires are often related to poorly maintained chimneys, fireplace, woodstoves, and space heaters. Be certain heat-producing units are cleaned and properly maintained before use.

Kitchen equipment, candles, and smoking are among the top causes of fires. Recognize the dangers involved in these activities. Be alert, and take action to lower the risk.