- Test smoke alarms monthly; install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
- Extinguish all candles when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Use candle holders that are study, won’t tip over easily, are made from a material that cannot burn, and are large enough to collect dripping wax.
- Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
- Never leave cooking food on the stovetop unattended, and keep a close eye on food cooking inside the oven.
- Keep cooking areas clean and clear of combustibles (e.g. potholders, towels, rags, drapes and food packaging).
- If there is an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed to prevent flames from burning you and your clothing.
- Do not operate the dryer without a lint filter. Clean lint filters before or after each use and remove accumulated lint from around the drum.
- Turn the dryer off when leaving the home.
- Have gas-powered dryers inspected by a professional regularly to ensure that the gas line and connection are intact.
- Keep or maintain a 36-inch (1-meter) clearance between space heaters and anything that can burn.
- Portable space heaters should be turned off every time you leave the room or go to bed.
- Make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying into the room. Allow fireplace and woodstove ashes to cool before disposing in a metal container.
For more fire safety tips visit the NFPA website.