What You Can Do to Prevent a Fire

  • Install smoke detectors outside each separate sleeping area and on every floor of your home, including the basement.
  • The most common causes of residential fires are careless cooking and faulty heating equipment. When cooking, never leave food on a stove or in an oven unattended. Avoid wearing clothes with long loose-fitting sleeves. Have your heating system checked annually, and follow the manufacturer's instructions when using portable heaters.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of fire and deaths and the second most common cause of residential fires. If you are a smoker, do not smoke in bed, never leave burning cigarettes unattended, do not empty smoldering ashes in the trash, and keep ashtrays away from upholstered furniture and curtains.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children. Safely store flammable substances used throughout the home. Never leave burning candles unattended.