Home Inspection Checklist

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Certain conditions in a home can contribute to a higher danger of fire.

The Parkersburg Fire Department suggests that you answer the following questions to recognize hazards that may exist in your home:

  • Is there at least one smoke detector on each level of your house?
  • If your smoke detector is battery powered, do you replace it twice a year?
  • Is there a fire extinguisher in your home and do you know how to use it?
  • Are spaces around items that become hot such as water heaters, furnaces, stoves and heaters clear of things that can catch fire (such as cardboard, clothing and curtains)?
  • Do all the windows, including storm windows, in your home open easily?
  • Are all portable space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including walls?
  • Can you find your normal and emergency exits in the dark?
  • Does your family practice a fire drill at least twice a year so they will know what to do in case of a fire?
  • Have you determined where you and your family will meet outside your house in the event of a fire?
  • Do all members of your family know to stop, drop and roll if their clothes catch on fire?
  • Do you know how to properly extinguish a grease or food fire on the stove or in the oven?
  • Do you use more than two extension cords?
  • Is only one device or appliance plugged into one extension cord?
  • Are extension cords out of the reach of children?
  • Are cords on all lamps, irons, radios, televisions and other electrical appliances in good condition, not frayed or worn?

If you have any questions, please use the contact form on our website.

For more information, visit our Fire Safety Info page at www.OnlyMinutesAway.com

This article was written by Chief Taylor