FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS



QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE LEADING CAUSES OF FIRE IN THE HOME?

ANSWER: The leading causes of fire in the home are:

1. Careless Smoking
  • Falling asleep while smoking
  • Dumping hot ashes into trash
  • We should encourage smokers to TAKE IT OUTSIDE.
2. Overloaded Electrical Outlets
  • Never place too many electrical items on the same outlet.
  • Only use proper extension cords that are tested and rated for the job they are doing.
3. Space Heaters
  • Always maintain and clean heaters before using them.
  • Follow all guidelines for SAFE usage.
  • Never place anything within a three-foot radius of the heater. This includes WALLS and FURNITURE. Remember, ”Space Heaters Need Space”.
4. Candles
  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Keep them away from curtains.
  • Keep them away from children and pets.
5. Children playing with Fire
  • Always store matches and lighters up high where small children can’t get them. Something as simple as child curiosity can quickly turn into a family tragedy.

QUESTION: HOW CAN WE MAKE OUR HOMES SAFER?

ANSWER: Install and maintain smoke alarms:


  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home
  • Test the alarm regularly
  • Install better smoke alarms. 10-year, non-removable batteries are recommended.

QUESTION: WHAT DO WE DO IF FIRE STRIKES OUR HOME?

ANSWER: Have a home escape plan


  • Know at least two ways out of your house in case of emergency.

QUESTION: WHAT IS A HOME ESCAPE PLAN?

ANSWER: It is a way to make sure your family knows what to do in case of FIRE


  • Draw a floor plan or map of your home
  • Mark at least two ways out of your room.
  • Pick a family meeting place outside where everyone can meet.
  • Practice your plan twice a year
  • Visit your local firehouse for more information on home escape plans.