- • Smoke outside. Use deep, sturdy ashtrays and make sure cigarettes and ashes are fully extinguished.
Home Heating Safety
Electrical Equipment and Appliances
- • Have modifications and repairs to electrical equipment preformed by a licensed electrician.
Smoke Alarms, Fire Sprinklers, and Home Escape Plans
"The loss of a life in a fire is almost always preventable. I encourage every household to take fire prevention and preparedness seriously, reducing the risk of fire will take everyone’s help," adds State Fire Marshal Matlick.
- • Discontinue use of dilapidated electrical appliances.
- • Consider installing fire sprinklers in your home. The use of quick response fire sprinklers creates a safer place to live and protects property owner’s investments as well as personal belongings and household members. Lower insurance rates may also be available.
- • Develop and practice a home escape plan with every household member; ensure each person knows two ways out of each room. If a fire starts, immediately leave the home without stopping to gather belongings and get outside quickly. If a door is hot to the touch, do not open it and use the secondary escape route. Designate a meeting place outside and take attendance to ensure everyone is accounted for and send someone to the neighbors to call 911. Once you are outside, stay outside. If you have a guest staying at your home, take a few moments to familiarize them with your escape plan.
- • Conduct a Home Fire Safety Inspection by using a fire prevention checklist downloadable from http://www.wsp.wa.gov/fire/docs/prevention/library/home_inspections.pdf.
- • Keep any flammable items away from your stovetop.
- • Keep children and pets away from any cooking appliances.
- • Keep children and pets away from heaters.
- • Have chimneys and flues cleaned annually and inspected by a qualified person.
- • Never smoke in sleeping areas, while on medications, or in a home where medical oxygen is used.
- • Use reduced ignition strength cigarettes, commonly referred to as fire-safe cigarettes.
To help safeguard your family, friends, and yourself, the Office of the State Fire Marshal offers the following tips: