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HAZ - Fire Plan Checklist

FIRE PLAN CHECKLIST:

____ Install smoke detectors in each sleeping area and on each additional level of your residence. Keep new batteries on hand. Some newer brands of smoke detectors have a long life lithium battery that lasts the life of the detector (about 7 - 10 years). Be sure you know the difference before installation. Be sure to install smoke detectors in optimal locations.

  • New smoke detectors installed:_________(date)

  • Batteries purchased:__________(date)

  • Test smoke detectors once a month. Use the test button to check each smoke detector. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace batteries at least once a year.

  • Dust can cause false alarms. Use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust and cobwebs.

  • Do not get paint in the unit.

_____ Install carbon monoxide detectors. They are especially important if you use: a fireplace, wood burning stove, propane gas appliances, kerosene heaters, or a flue for oil burning heat systems. While they will not alert you to a fire, they can alert you to a malfunctioning appliance in your home that may lead to a fire. Maintenance and installation considerations are about the same as those for smoke detectors.

  • New carbon monoxide detectors installed:_________(date)

  • Batteries purchased:__________(date)

  • Test carbon monoxide detectors once a month. Use the test button to check each detector. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace batteries at least once a year.

  • Dust can cause false alarms. Use a vacuum cleaner attachment to remove dust and cobwebs.

  • Do not get paint in the unit.  Cover detectors when doing work in the room such as painting or other work with solvents, etc. Remember to remove the cover after work is complete.

____ Purchase or look at the fire extinguisher(s) you currently have and ensure they are properly charged.

  • Use the gauge or test button to check proper pressure. If the unit is low on pressure, damaged, or corroded replace it or have it professionally serviced.

  • Have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen at the minimum.

  • Keep fire extinguishers within easy reach near a room’s exit – NOT in a cabinet.

  • If necessary, get training from your local fire department in how to use your fire extinguisher

  • Train all family members in the use of the fire extinguisher.


____ Draw a floor plan of your home and determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.

  • If a window is an escape route, make sure is can be opened easily and is large enough for people to get through.

  • If a barred opening is an escape route, assure that security bars can be opened quickly without a key.

  • If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.

  • Mark normal exits on the map in one color. Mark a second exit from each room in a different color.

  • Assure that one able-bodied adult is assigned to help each very young child or disabled person to escape.

  • Choose a safe meeting place a short distance from your home and note it on your plan.

  • Floor plan completed:_____________ (date)


____ Pick a safe outside place to meet after escaping from a fire. Assure that the area chosen can be seen by arriving firefighters. If not, be sure someone knows to alert the incoming firefighters that all people are out of the house as soon as firefighters arrive. 

  • Meeting place:__________________________________

____ Practice a low-crawl escape from your bedroom.  Try it with your eyes closed to see how well you could do in thick smoke.


____ Conduct a home fire drill at least twice a year.

  • Make sure the first drills are easy, understandable, and during daylight hours. 

  • As drills are repeated, change some of the scenarios: put “smoke and flames” signs on primary exits so that people will have to practice using backup exits, hold some drills at night, etc.


 ____ Prepare written instructions on how to turn off utilities at your house and place them in or near the fuse box.


____ Make a chart and sign it after each round of tests.

_____________________(family member name) checks smoke detectors

_____________________(family member name) checks carbon monoxide detectors

_____________________ (family member name) checks fire extinguishers.

_____________________(date) smoke escape drill conducted

_____________________(date) home fire drills conducted



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