• Keep cook tops clear. Food leftovers, paper towels and plastic bowls can easily start a fire.
  • Do not leave dishwashers or washing machines unsupervised.
  • Replace old and defective household appliances.
  • Do not keep plants, tablecloths or any other fire-risk items on top of television set. Watering the flowers may lead to a short circuit, which in turn may lead to the TV set catching on fire. A tablecloth can block the ventilation openings of the TV set causing it to overheat.
  • Equip your household appliances with timers so that they switch off automatically.
  • Do not dry clothes on electric radiators or on a sauna stove.
  • Make sure that all the electrical appliances and wiring in your home are in proper condition.
  • Do not use bedside lamps equipped with snap fittings. A hot lamp may easily start a fire if it falls on the bed.
  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • “Keep an eye on what you fry.” Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or using an open flame.
  • Installing an adequate number of suitable smoke alarms and testing them regularly is the first step in your home fire safety plan.
  • Make sure keys to all locked doors are readily accessible in case you need to escape.