- When buying, building or renovating your home, make sure all roofing materials are fire resistant.
- Never leave candles or other open flames unattended.
- Cigarette and cigar butts should be put out with water before dumping them in the trash.
- Never leave hot irons or stovetops on. Turn them off after each use.
- Regularly clear and dispose of dry or dead leaves and plants in your yard or areas near your home.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Put them inside or near every bedroom. Test them monthly to make sure they work. Put in new batteries once a year. This will entitle you to discounts on your homeowners insurance.
- Don't have deadbolts that lock with a key on the inside. You need to get out quickly if a fire starts. A missing key could trap you inside. Also make sure windows open easily if a quick escape becomes necessary.
- Make a fire escape plan. Find two exits out of every room if possible. Choose a meeting place outside. Practice makes perfect – hold a family fire drill at least twice each year.