FireSMART Prevention

Prevent home fires from happening by sharing these tips.

Cooking Safety

  • Maintain a cooking area that is free of anything that can catch fire like pot holders, towels, plastic, and clothing.

  • Have someone stay in the kitchen when there is frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.

  • Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove when cooking.


Electrical Safety

  • Replace or repair damaged or loose electrical cords.

  • Keep extension cords clear of doorways and above carpets.

  • Plug only one high-wattage appliance into each receptacle outlet at a time to prevent overloading.


Heating Safety

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

  • Create a three-foot “kidfree zone” around open fires and space heaters.

  • Annually, have a qualified professional clean and inspect heating equipment and chimneys.


Educate Your Children

  • Keep fire, matches, and lighters out of reach of children.

  • Teach them what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

  • Establish a meeting place outside so that in the event of a fire they will know where to go.

The U.S. Fire Administration’s Kids Fire Page is a fun web site for kids that teaches important lessons about fire safety through games. The site is a good way to talk about fire with your kids.


Download the Maine Association of REALTORS® Fire Prevention PDF