Overloaded or damaged electrical cords
Smoking related accidents
Heaters that aren’t used properly, especially:
Candles can also start fires.
Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, like:
Clean and clear the space around heating vents.
Always turn space heaters off when leaving a room or going to sleep.
Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Don’t use extension cords.
Keep pets and children away from space heaters.
This sheet will help you and your support person learn more about space heater safety.
Use a screen (mesh or glass) in front of a fire.
Only burn wood. Paper or pine boughs make dangerous sparks.
Never use lighter fluid in a fireplace.
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year.
Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and know how to use it.
Put a smoke alarm on each floor, and in each bedroom and living area.
Check your extension cords.
Always blow out candles when you leave a room or go to sleep.
Never smoke in bed or when you are tired.
If you need to store gas or fuel at home, keep small amounts in an approved safety container outside the house.
Know two ways to leave your home in case of a fire.
Have a spot to meet and a place to go call for help (like a neighbor’s house).
Practice the plan with your family.
If you run into smoke when trying to escape, go the other way.
If you have to go through smoke to escape a fire, crawl low to the ground.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas created by things that burn fuel (like heaters, stoves and car engines).
Carbon monoxide is invisible and doesn’t smell.
Breathing CO can cause:
If you feel symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:
Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home preferably close to bedrooms.
Have an inspector check water heaters, furnaces, stoves, dryers and chimneys each year before cold weather comes.
Never leave a car running in the garage.
Never use gas powered generators or charcoal grills indoors.
Fire Prevention Tips
What You Should Know About Space Heaters
Fire Protection Fact Sheets
US Environmental Protection Agency – Protect Your Family and Yourself From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Last updated on June 21st, 2010