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Do It Yourself Home Inspection: Fire Edition

Here is a fire-proofing home inspection checklist.

Prepare and Protect

  • Smoke detectors for every story near the sleeping areas
  • Fire detectors checked monthly
  • Practice an escape plan
  • Doors and windows open with ease from the inside.
  • All important documents in a single case.
  • Updated insurance claims.

Living Room

  • Space heaters 3 feet away from anything.
  • Electrical cords and plugs are perfect.
  • Bathroom and kitchen outlets have ground-fault circuit-interrupters


  • Fire extinguisher in an accessible storage place. Know how to use it.
  • Cooking area organized.
  • In the kitchen while something is cooking.
  • Avoid loose clothes that can accidentally be caught on fire.
  • Unplug appliances after use.
  • Turn pan and pot handles inward


  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Flashlight and a warning whistle at bedside


  • Irons and blow dryers unplugged after use
  • Water heater not higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Thermostatically controlled taps and shower heads.


  • Flammables far from heaters and outlets.
  • Flammable liquids in a detached shed.
  • Gasoline in vapor-preventing cans.


  • Address plates have 3-5 inches labels with contrasting color from the house’s exterior.
  • Firewood stacks 10 feet away from the house.
  • No dried grass or leaves piled on your lawn.
  • The grill is 3 feet away from the house
  • No charcoal.
  • Ashes and coals in a metal container.
  • Chimney clean and in good condition.

Before going to sleep

  • Smoking materials, burners, candles off
  • Unused appliances unplugged
  • Single night light.
  • Glasses and car keys at bedside.
  • Doors are locked.

Smoking materials

  • Ashtrays are large, deep and non-tip.
  • Matches and lighters away from children’s reach.
  • Wet butts and ashes.

You can print this home inspection checklist to verify your home’s safety. Share this with your friends so that they can do their own home inspection.

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