Don't leave food unattended on the stove. If you must leave the kitchen, take a wooden spoon or potholder as a reminder.
Wear short or close fitting sleeves and an apron to avoid catching clothes on fire.
When cooking, keep a pot lid close by. In case of a pan fire, use the lid to smother the fire.
Clean the stove and toaster regularly to avoid grease and crumb buildup.
Use potholders, not towels, to handle hot pans and dishes.
Don’t use the oven to heat your home.
Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and know how to use it. Check it regularly to make sure it is charged.
Keep everything at least one foot from any heat source.
Unplug electrical appliances and heaters when not using them.
Never hang clothes near a heater to dry them.
Don't leave portable heaters alone or go to sleep while they are on.
Make sure curtains hang well away from heat sources.
Never smoke in bed or while lying on the couch. Smoke only when alert— never when tired or drowsy.
Use a large, sturdy ashtray or purchase a special "safety ashtray".
After using an ashtray, leave it on the kitchen counter or in the sink overnight before emptying. Always empty ashtrays into a non burnable container, such as a metal garbage can.
At Bed Time
Keep your robe, slippers, eyeglasses and house keys close by the bed.
Check to be sure that any space heaters are turned off and heat is turned down.
Close your bedroom door while sleeping.
Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Check smoke alarms monthly. Most residential fire deaths occur in homes without operating smoke alarms.
Plan your escape routes (two from every room, if possible) in case a fire does strike.
Practice fire drills. This should include all family members regardless of age.
Have a pre-designated meeting place outside the home.
Never take the time to remove pets or valuables. Remember most home fires can kill residents within three minutes from the start of the fire, and it takes on average 90 seconds for an operational smoke alarm to activate. That means after alarm activation you have only 90 seconds to get out. Often it is too late to get your children to safety; they need their own rehearsed escape plan.
Place a 9•1•1 sticker on your phone so that you will always have the number at your fingertips during an emergency.
Children should learn their address and how to call 911.
Call 9•1•1 from a safe location for any fire, medical or police emergency.