In the event of a house fire, survival can depend on your preparation, being alert, and having a well-rehearsed escape plan. We have provided a few basic safety and prevention tips to consider while safeguarding your home and yourself.

  • Install smoke alarms outside bedrooms on each level of your home.
    - Make sure they are located away from air vents.
  • Test the alarms regularly and change batteries at least once a year.
    - Never disable or remove smoke alarm batteries.
  • Develop a fire escape plan and practice with small children.
  • Review all ways to exit each room of the house.
  • Make sure safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home.
  • Escape the dwelling first and call for emergency assistance.
  • Replace space heaters with central heat.
  • When cooking never leave the kitchen unattended.
  • Keep flammables and combustibles away from stove burners and other heat sources.
  • Turn off all appliances before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Never overload an electrical socket.
  • Don’t use appliances with frayed cords or wires.
  • Never leave burning items unattended. For example: cigarettes, candles or fire places.
  • Keep up with chimney cleaning maintenance and use metal mesh screen while fire is burning.
  • Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

Please note that this section highlights examples of safety precautions that you can consider to help prepare yourself, others and your personal property for a disaster. Please recognize that a particular precaution may not be appropriate or effective in every circumstance. We encourage you to use your own good judgment about what is appropriate. Please reference our legal statement for additional disclaimers.