Public Education: Fire Safety
Fire Safety Checklist
- Tree branches touching or overhanging the roof have been removed.
- Tree branches within 10 feet of the chimney have been removed.
- Home has a metal, tile, or composition roof.
- All dead leaves and needles have been cleaned from the roof and gutters.
- Chimney outlet and stovepipe are covered with a non-flammable screen of 1/2 inch or smaller mesh.
- A "defensible space" has been created by modifying flammable vegetation to a distance of at least 75 feet
around all structures.
- On steep slopes, flammable vegetation has been modified out to a distance of 100 feet or more.
- Trees and shrubs are at least 10 feet apart.
- All plants are maintained regularly by removing dead branches, leaves and needles.
- Woodpiles are stacked at least 30 feet from all structures and flammable vegetation is cleared away within 10
feet of woodpiles.
- LPG tanks (butane and propane) are located at least 30 feet from any structure, on the same elevation as the
home, and surrounded with 10 feet of clearance.
- All construction materials and debris are removed from the yard.
- Flammable vegetation is cleared at least 10 feet from roads and 5 feet from driveways.
- Overhanging tree branches above roads and driveways are removed.
- House address is visible and readable at the beginning of the drive, or on the house if easily visible from the
- Driveway is accessible to fire vehicles.
- An emergency outside meeting place has been designated.
- Emergency exit drills are practiced regularly.
- A fully charged fire extinguisher is kept in the kitchen.
- Electric and gas stoves are in good operating condition.
- Baking soda is kept handy to extinguish stove-top grease fires.
- Handles of pots and pans containing hot liquids are kept away from the front of the stove.
- Flammable curtains and towels are kept away from burners on the stove.
- Matches and lighters are stored out of reach of children.
- Flammable liquids are properly stored in approved containers and away from ignition sources such as pilot
7. Living Room
- A screen is installed on the fireplace.
- Fireplace chimneys and flues are cleaned at least once a year.
- Smoke detectors are installed between living and sleeping areas.
- All electrical outlets are designed to handle appliance loads.
- Child safety plugs are inserted in all electrical outlets.
- Smoke detectors are tested monthly and batteries are replaced twice a year.
- Electrical cords that do not work properly, have loose connections, or are frayed have been repaired or
- Smoke detectors are installed in all bedrooms.
- Electric blankets and other electric appliances are turned off or unplugged when not in use.
- Residents do not smoke in bed.
- Hot appliances such as curling irons and electric irons are disconnected when not in use and stored in a safe
location until cool.
- Flammable items such as towels are kept away from heaters.
- A fully charged fire extinguisher is mounted in the garage.
- Shovel, hoe, rake, and buckets are readily available for use in a wildfire emergency.
- A solid door with self-closing hinges is installed between living areas and the garage.
- A metal container is available for disposing of oily rags.
- All combustibles are stored away from ignition sources such as water heaters.
- All electrical tools and appliances are disconnected when not in use.
12. Disaster Preparedness
- A three-day supply of food is available.
- A three-day supply of drinking water is available.
- A portable radio, flashlight, emergency cooking equipment, portable lanterns, and batteries are kept handy.
- A first aid kit is available and fully stocked.
- A list of valuables has been made and valuables are stored together for easy access and removal.
- A contingency plan has been made to enable family members to contact each other.
- All family members are trained and ready to protect themselves with STOP, DROP, AND ROLL in the event
that their clothing catches on fire.
If you have questions regarding fire prevention, life safety or emergency preparedness please contact
Clark County Fire & Rescue