Safety Checklist: Simple things that could change your life

Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries

The IAFC recommends changing smoke detector batteries at least annually. An easy way to remember is “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” during the fall time change weekend.

Change Your Smoke Detectors

After inserting fresh batteries, make sure the detector itself works by pushing the test button.

Count Your Smoke Detectors

Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and family room, and most important, outside all bedrooms.

Vacuum Your Smoke Detectors

Clean your detectors of dust and cobwebs, which can impair sensitivity by clogging the wiring. Repeat monthly.

Change Your Flashlight Batteries

Keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room and use it to signal for help in the event of a fire.

Install And Test Fire Extinguishers

Install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. Test it annually. If you need to purchase one, the IAFC recommends a multi or all-purpose fire extinguisher that is listed by an accredited testing laboratory such as UL.

Plan And Practice Your Escape

Develop at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family. Children are often innocent victims of fire because they become scared and confused. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector signals a home fire and recognize its alarm.