Make sure your home is safe from fire by reviewing these checklists and videos from the National Fire Protection Association:


  • An adult stays in the kitchen when food is being fried, grilled or broiled
  • The stovetop is clean
  • Pot handles are turned toward the back of the stove


  • Space heaters are at least 3 feet from anything that can burn
  • The chimney has been inspected or cleaned in the past 12 months
  • The heating system has been inspected or cleaned in the past 12 months
  • The fireplace has a sturdy screen to catch sparks
  • Carbon monoxide alarms are located outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home


  • Electrical cords are in good condition – not damaged, cracked or loose
  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs), which reduce the risk of shock, are hard-wired into the electrical system or built into electrical outlets or extension cords
  • Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs, have been installed in the home
  • A qualified electrician performs electrical work in the home


  • Smokers smoke outside
  • Deep, sturdy ashtrays are provided for smokers
  • Matches and lighters are kept up high and locked away