Home Safety

Fire Safety at Home

Colder weather brings many people indoors, but inside your home may lurk a potential for fires.


For many homeowners, fire hazards increase in the fall and winter because of space heaters, lighting, and wood fuel heating systems. Here are some things you can do to reduce the risk of fire this fall:

  • Leave at least a 3-foot space open around any heating appliance.
  • Turn off portable or space heaters before going to bed or leaving a residence.
  • Inside a home, avoid using heaters that burn fuel such as kerosene. Using these appliances in enclosed places can start fires and also generate life-threatening carbon monoxide.
  • Never store or use flammable liquids, such as gasoline or paint thinner inside a residence. Vapors from these types of liquids can easily ignite.
  • Always store combustible materials away from furnaces, and portable or space heaters.
  • Avoid using extension cords, when possible. If you must use an extension cord, make sure it is not cracked or frayed and is Underwriters Laboratories approved. Only use extension cords that carry enough electric load for the appliance. The labels on the appliances and cords should have this information.
  • When replacing a fuse, make sure the new fuse is of the same amperage.

  • Have properly working smoke detectors in your home. Make sure your family knows what the smoke detectors’ alarms sound like. Test the smoke detectors at least once a month.

More Information

Contact an American Family Insurance agent, visit our web site www.amfam.com, or call 1-800-MYAMFAM (1-800-692-6326) for more information.

These recommendations were developed using generally accepted safety standards. Compliance with these recommendations is not a guarantee that you will be in conformance with any building code, federal, state or local regulation regarding safety or fire. Compliance with these recommendations does not ensure the absolute safety of your occupation, business or residence. It is the property owner’s duty to warn any tenants or occupants of the property of any safety hazards that may exist.