Stuarts Draft Volunteer Fire Co.

Home Fire Safety

Here's what to do...
  • Check the batteries in your smoke detectors often. Keep extra batteries on hand and replace them every 6 months.

  • Check your smoke detectors. Replace any that are 10 years old or older.

  • Position detectors smartly. Place at least one smoke detector on every level of your house and near areas where you and your family sleep.

  • Keep detectors away from heating and cooling ducts, and at least six inches from where walls and ceilings meet.

  • Keep fire extinguishers handy. Make sure there's at least one on each floor -- especially near the kitchen, garage, laundry room and workshop.

  • Maintain a safe fireplace and chimney. Clean the fireplace regularly and have the chimney cleaned and inspected annually.

  • Check the wiring. Have a professional electrician check for faulty wiring, expecially if you own an older home.

  • Check your dryer hose -- lint build-up can cause overheating. Clean the hose and dryer annually.

  • Talk with your family and make sure everyone knows what to do in case a fire breaks out. Create a fire safety plan, with a designated meeting place.