EL PASO FIRE DEPARTMENT

Home Fire Safety Survey (In partnership with the Sandra Day O¶Connor Academy Fire Technology program.)
If you have any questions on how to make your home safer, the firefighters at your local station will be glad to assist you. You can also call the Fire Prevention Division at 771-1090 for assistance.

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Do you have smoke detectors on every level and in every bedroom? Are they located at least 10 feet from cooking appliances? Do they all work?

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GENERAL FIRE SAFETY/smoke detectors

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Do you have a home fire escape plan? Do you practice it at least twice a year? Does anyone in the home require assistance to escape? Is your house number visible from the street? 6 inch letters or larger.

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General Fire Safety/escape plans

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Do your windows open easily for exit? Make sure they are not blocked by furniture, security bars, or nailed or painted shut. Security bars must be able to be opened from the inside without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort (a child should be able to open the bars and easily get out).

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General Fire Safety/escape plans

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Does your home have a CO detector/alarm outside each sleeping area and on each level of your home? Is it working?

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General Fire Safety/Carbon Monoxide detector (CO)

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8 out of 10 fire deaths occur in the home! Including fire sprinklers in your home is a great idea that can save your family¶s lives.

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General Fire Safety/residential sprinkler system

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your Emergency Phone Numbers displayed in a visible location?
General Fire Safety/display emergency phone numbers

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Talk about it: Sit down with everyone living in your home to talk about ways to make your home smoke-free. Get ready: Set up a smoking area outside. Remove any ashtrays from inside the house. Start smoking outside the home. Try to cut down or quit smoking.

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HOME FIRE HAZARDS/Smoking

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Matches and lighters should be stored in a secure cabinet. Store them out of your children¶s ³STRIKE ZONE´ (out of their reach).

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HOME FIRE HAZARDS/Matches and Lighters

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Lit candles and portable heaters should never be left unattended! Things that can burn must be kept at least 18 inches from portable heating devices.

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HOME FIRE HAZARDS/Candles and Portable Heaters

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Medicines, poisons, and cleaning supplies as well as other chemicals should be stored safely away from children.

HOME HAZARDS/Medicine, Poisons and Cleaning Supplies

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Make sure your home does not have excess storage or clothes, magazines, newspapers or other items that can block your exit from a fire. Practice good housekeeping.

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HOME HAZARDS/Poor Housekeeping

Make sure your water heater temperature in no higher that 120 degrees Fahrenheit. y Don¶t store any combustibles in the water heater closet (this includes heater filters). y Clean and inspect it annually. y Things that can burn need to be at least 3 feet from the heater.
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HOME HAZARDS/Water Heater

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Make sure your clothes dryer lint filter and vent pipe system are cleaned regularly.

HOME HAZARDS/Clothes Dryer

Things that can burn don¶t belong on the stovetop. y Make sure small appliances are unplugged when not in use. y Make sure an adult is always present when the stove is being used. y DON´T use the stove to heat the house.
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HOME HAZARDS/Kitchen

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Does your fireplace have a proper screen and hearth? Make sure anything that can burn is at least 3¶ from any fireplace or space heater. Have your chimney inspected annually and cleaned as needed.

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HOME HAZARDS/Living-Family Room HAZARDS/Living-

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Make sure that there is a solid core door between your garage and your home. All gas powered equipment and flammable liquids should be stored in an outside storage shed or a garage separate from the home.

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HOME HAZARDS/Garage

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Make sure outside electrical receptacles are GFCI and in good condition. Clean up rubbish, trash, grass and tree trimmings. Use your BBQ grill outdoors only. Swimming pools and hot tubs should be secured by a fence/gate and lock.

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HAZARDS/Outside the home

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All kitchen and bathroom outlets within 6¶ of running water need to be CFCI protected. Switch and cover plates should be installed correctly. All switches and outlets are in good condition.

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Home Hazards/ Electrical

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Extension cords should not run through doors, walls, ceilings, under carpets or be attached to building surfaces. They are for temporary use only!

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Home Hazards/ Electrical

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If you have young children in your home, use tamperresistant outlets to make things safer for them.

Home Hazards/ Electrical

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Your electric panel box should be accessible for inspection and in good working condition. There should be no evidence of overheating, corrosion or other damage.

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Home Hazards/ Electrical

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