Home Fire Safety

Someone Checking Smoke Detector

If a fire starts in your home you will most likely have less than two minutes to escape. Early warning from a smoke detector can save your life. But having a working fire detector is not the only thing you can do. Thinking through some common things ahead of time can make a big difference.

Make your home fire-safe. Make sure that:

  • Exit areas are clearly marked, opened with nothing obstructing them and known by all members of your family
  • Fire escapes and extinguishers  are they in good working order
  • Important telephone numbers like your landlord and family members are easily accessible

Prevent fire hazards in the home by making sure that:

  • Chemicals are not stored near heat
  • Do not smoking within six feet of oxygen concentrator or tank
  • Newspaper/rags are not stored near heat or left cluttered around home
  • Never smoke in bed or lying down without supervision
  • Never leave the stove-top on  (To avoid leaving food or fluid unattended, buy an electric kettle with an automatic shut-off.)
  • There is no lose or frayed wiring running across floor
  • Don’t plug too many plugs into one outlet, which may overload the circuits
  • Don’t plus an electric oxygen concentrator into an outlet with other appliances


While we can try our hardest to prevent fire, accidents are unexpected and they do happen. Should you find yourself in a home fire rember this important tip:

Rescue—Use staircases NOT elevator. Evacuate two floors below the fire. Remain close to the floor. Always feel door with hand before opening. If door is hot, DO NOT OPEN!
Alarm—Go outside to press the fire alarm if able. Dial 911.
Confine—Close door and windows of fire if possible and close all other exit doors when leaving.
Extinguish—If fire is small and a fire extinguisher is available, use P.A.S.S. (pull pin, aim nozzle,
squeeze lever and sweep at base of the fire).