Home Fire Safety Survey

  • House numbers are clearly displayed and visible from the street in accordance with the Frederick County Addressing Ordinance.
  • Trim trees away from electrical wires.
  • Keep trash to a minimum.
  • Make sure emergency personnel can access every room in you home.
Heating Equipment & Fireplace
  • Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from all combustibles.
  • Replace furnace filters regularly.
  • Clean lint from behind clothes dryer.
  • Install a spark screen in front of the fireplace.
  • Have chimney inspected and cleaned annually.
  • Dispose of ashes in metal containers away from your home.
  • Keep newspapers, clothes, clutter, and other combustibles away from the furnace and water heater.
  • Avoid overloading electrical circuits and outlets.
  • Inspect electrical cords and appliances for damage.
  • Do not tack cords to the wall or run them under rugs.
  • Maintain air space around electrical equipment such as TV’s, VCR, stereo, etc.
  • Install additional outlets by a qualified electrician to avoid using multiple plug adapters and extension cords.
  • If you use extension cords, make sure they are listed and are of the proper size for the equipment being used.
Flammable Liquids & Hazardous Materials
  • Limit the amount of chemicals stored.
  • Dispose of and recycle household hazardous materials properly.
  • Store hazardous materials in proper containers with tight-fitting lids and correct identification labels.
  • Store hazardous materials away from heat sources.
  • Allow for proper ventilation when using flammable liquids and hazardous materials.
  • Put oily rags in metal containers with tight-fitting lids, not in a pile where they can spontaneously ignite.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Cuff sleeves and turn pot handles inward when cooking to avoid burn injuries.
  • Never store combustibles in oven or on top of the stove.
  • When barbecuing, move unit away from the home.
  • Dispose of coals / ashes in metal containers and away from the home.
Smoking Materials & Candles
  • Never leave cigarettes or candles unattended.
  • Purchase and use ashtrays that have the center support feature.
  • Empty ashtrays into noncombustible containers only.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Place candles in noncombustible, sturdy holders.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
Smoke Alarms
  • Install smoke alarms inside and outside every sleeping area and on every level of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms once a month.
  • Unless you have an extended life / sealed battery, replace batteries in all smoke alarms when you change the time on your clocks twice a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
Fire Extinguishers
  • Purchase a multipurpose (ABC) fire extinguisher.
  • Teach your family how to use a fire extinguisher (Use "PASS" - Pull the Pin, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep)
  • Inspect extinguishers annually.
Develop & Practice a Home Escape Plan
  • Develop a home escape plan that includes:
    • Crawling low under smoke
    • Two exits out of your home
    • A meeting place outside
  • Practice escape plan at least every 6 months with every member.
  • Teach all family members how to:
    • Dial 911 in an emergency.
    • Stop, Drop and Roll if clothes catch fire.