Fire Prevention Checklists

Volumes of information about preventing all types of fires are available on the Internet and fire departments across the country and world. All of them good and informative. We have decided to provide you with specific checklists to assist you in fire proofing your property and help in training your family on how to react if a fire were to happen. These checklists ARE NOT all inclusive but a cursory approach to beginning to help you prevent fire. Of course, we will gladly provide an on-site assessment of all your property should you request one. There are several checklists below so scroll down until you find the one that satisfies your needs. Again, these are not all inclusive and should be supplemented as the user wishes.

Outside Burning/Preventing Brush Fires

Visit the SC Forestry web site for more information.
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Ensure there are no Burn Warnings in effect. Find and review current County Ordinances concerning outdoor burning.
Locate burn area well away from other structures and wooded areas.
Remove any and all flammable items such as leaves or debris from around the burn area. For large burns it is highly recommended that a fire break be prepared circling the entire burn area AND that you notify the HSVFD of your plans to conduct a burn.
DO NOT use gasoline or other highly flammable liquids to ignite your fire.
Before starting the fire, pre-position at least a garden hose, in good condition, rakes, shovels, etc to assist in extinguishing any burnout from the fire area.
Inspect items to be burned and ensure that no flammable fluids, containers, propane bottles, aerosol cans which may explode or materials that may produce noxious or poisonous fumes/smoke are placed in the burn pile.
DO NOT leave the fire area while it is active.
Ensure the fire and fire residue are fully extinguished before leaving the area.

Home Prevention/Safety

There are several categories in home fire prevention. We have provided several of these below to keep any one checklist from becoming too long or cumbersome.

Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors
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Strategically place UL approved Fire Extinguishers around your home. At least one per level.
Install at least one detector on each level of your home. Follow the manufacturers directions or contact the Fire Department for assistance.
Test each unit monthly; replace batteries annually. Tip: Use one instance of the time change in spring or autumn as a reminder. Also, if a unit begins to periodically beep; check the batteries.
Routinely check units and keep clean of dust
Replace units every 10 years or as suggested by the manufacturer.
If for any reason you are unable to accomplish the above, contact the Fire Department for assistance.


Electrical Fires/Hazards
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DO NOT overload circuits or use devices that allow more plug-ins that physical in the socket.
Never use electrical appliances around water.
Never route cords under rugs/carpets, hang over nails or staple to walls, etc.
DO NOT use extension cords in place of permanent wiring.
Inspect lamp, appliance, extension, etc cords periodically for fraying or damage.
Functionally check all outlets and repair/replace any inoperable sockets.
Install safety caps in all unused electrical outlets, ESPECIALLY in homes with small children.
Use surge protectors on appliances.


Fire Reaction/Evacuation Plan
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Begin teaching children early of the dangers of fire...matches, lighters, etc are fascinating to young ones.
Create a designated assembly point well outside the structure. Ensure that all members of the home are well aware of the importance of this area.
Do members of the home understand to test doors before opening during a fire? Instruct the use of the back of the hand to test.
If smoke is present, instruct members to stay low; close to the floor and crawl.
Emphasize to members that once they have escaped the structure they are to STAY OUT of the structure.
In homes with multiple levels consider installing rope/chain ladder(s) in a strategic location.
Practice the plan often. Refine as necessary. Discuss with family frequently.


Alternate Heat Sources
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Kerosene Heaters Is/are unit(s) UL rated for inside use? Is it equipped with a tip over switch?
Is K1 kerosene used for fuel? Is fuel and units stored separately? NOTE: Never, ever use gasoline or other fuel!
Is refueling conducted outside the structure?
Is proper ventilation used when using the unit(s)?
Is the unit operated at least three feet from any combustible fabric or material?
Fireplaces Are screens in-place and used when the fireplace is being utilized?
Is the chimney inspected and cleaned annually?
Do household members understand the need to open the damper prior to using the fireplace?
Is only cured hardwood used in the fireplace? Ensure paper or trash is never used and that pulpwood such as pine are not used.
Is the fire extinguished completely before leaving the home or retiring?
Electric/Space Heaters Is the unit UL approved and equipped with a tip over switch and auto cutoff thermostat?
Is the unit placed at least 3 feet from combustible material when in use?
Is the unit unplugged when not in use?
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