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Home Fire Safety Inspection

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Home Fire Safety Inspection

     The City of Oviedo Fire Rescue Emergency Management offers "free" Home Fire Safety Inspections!  The inspection will check each room of your home and offer fire safety tips and suggestions to safe guard your family from the threat of fire.  The inspection typically lasts 15-20 minutes and an adult must be present during the inspection.  No fines or citations are issued on residential occupancies rather we simply wish to assist you in making your home fire safe!

     To conduct your own Fire Safety Inspection, use the inspection checklist listed below or  contact the Fire Rescue Administration Office at 407-971-5611 to schedule your "free" Home Fire Safety Inspection!

Home Fire Safety Inspection


Exterior Inspection   
____ Make house number visible from street (mailbox and house)
____ Trim trees away from electrical wires (professional tree service)
____ Trim trees away from house, gutters, roof, sheds, fences, etc
____ Avoid stacking fire wood next to house
____ Fire pits should be located a safe distance away from home and always use a metal screen cover
General Fire Safety 
____ Install a smoke detector on each floor of the home
____ Install smoke detectors outside each bedroom area and inside every bedroom. Test smoke detectors twice per year
____ Install a carbon monoxide detector in the home if you have gas appliances or a fire place
____ Install a Class ABC fire extinguisher in the kitchen & garage & inspect twice per year
____ Create a fire escape plan & practice with the entire family
____ Select a meeting location outside the home for all family members to gather after leaving the home during a fire
____ Teach family members how to get down low and crawl out of the home to safety
____ Teach children how to Stop-Drop-Roll should their clothing catch on fire
____ Teach all family members how to dial 911 for emergencies
Heating Equipment
____ Keep space heaters a minimum of 3 feet from drapes, beds, clothing and all combustibles
____ Avoid using fuel supplied space heaters inside the home
____ Do not use stove/oven to heat home
____ Replace air/heat filters monthly
____ Clean lint from clothes dryer after each use
____ Install a spark screen in front of the fireplace
____ Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually
____ Inspect the spark arrestor on the chimney top
____ Build small fires in the fireplace using commercial purchased logs. Avoid the use of pine wood
____ Dispose of fireplace ashes using a metal container
____ Unplug hair dryer, hair straighter, curling iron, etc after use
____ Avoid overloading outlets
____ Avoid using extension cords
____ Use power strips with a circuit breaker and have a UL rating
____ Do not run power cords under rugs or carpet
____ Maintain air space around electrical equipment such as television, stereo equipment, etc
____ Breakers that trip often indicate a electrical problem occurring & and a qualified electrician should be called
____ Use a qualified electrician to install or repair electrical appliances, fans, lights, etc


____ Never leave cooking unattended
____ Turn pot handles away from stove edge to avoid hot liquid burns
____ Use proper temperature and cooking time specified for recipe
____ Keep combustibles away from top of stove
____ Turn off valve on gas tank after grilling
____ Grill outdoors away from home
____ Allow lawn mower to cool down before storing in garage
____ Keep combustibles away from gas water heater
____ Store flammables in approved containers
____ Carefully store hazardous materials including flammables, lawn chemicals, pool supplies, cleaning products, automotive products, etc separated from each other
____ Assure all chemical products are stored in original containers & label intact
____ Dispose of out of date chemicals by disposing at selected hazardous waste locations
Candles & Flame                  
____ Avoid leaving candles unattended
____ Place candles in sturdy holders with a protective globe
____ Never leave the home with candles still burning
____ Keep lighters & matches out of the reach of children