Fall Fire Safety Tips for Children & Families

There is nothing more important than the safety of your family.

And as summer turns to fall, it is a good idea for everyone in your home to refresh their memories on fall fire safety tips.

Most safety tips are the same year-round, but here are some fall fire safety tips for children and families to familiarize themselves with before experiencing the first cold snap of the season.

Check Smoke Detectors & Fire Extinguishers

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Verify each month that smoke detectors are in working order
  • Verify that all fire extinguishers are fully charged and in working order
  • Make sure that there is a sufficient quantity of smoke detectors in your home
  • Make sure everyone in your family knows how to use a fire extinguisher

Make Sure All Heating Sources Work Properly

  • No matter what type of device you use to heat your home, making sure your heating devices and/or systems are in good working order
  • Verify that everything you need to keep your home warm throughout fall and winter is in good working

Space Heater Safety Tips

  • Make sure that any space heaters are surrounded by at least three feet of empty space
  • Never place clothing or any other objects on a space heater to dry
  • Do not place space heaters near furniture or drapery
  • Turn space heaters off when you leave the house or go to bed
  • Avoid storing any combustible items near heaters

Halloween Safety Tips

  • Use flashlights instead of candles in Halloween jack-o-lanterns
  • Make sure that children’s costumes are made with fire retardant materials

Family Fire Safety Tips

  • Teach your kids how to respond in the event of a fire
  • Make sure young children know how to dial 911
  • Establish and practice a fire escape plan with your family that includes a designated meeting area outside the home
  • Practice stop, drop and roll with your children so they learn how to escape beneath a fire
  • Teach everyone in your family multiple ways to escape from every room in the event of a fire
  • Do not place lit candles where they can be reached by children
  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Do not leave candles burning when you go to sleep
  • Make sure all flammable substances are properly stored in safe containers and out of reach of children

Kitchen Fire Safety

  • Don’t leave cooking food unattended on the stove
  • Keep everything that might be flammable away from your stove

Outdoor Fire Safety

  • Clear your roof and gutters of unnecessary buildup of debris, such as pine needles and leaves
  • Learn the outdoor burning regulations in your area, and do not engage in illegal burning of leaves and other outdoor debris


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Updated 8/12/2014