Fire Safety

Take a look at our fire safety and prevention tips listed below.


  • Install at least one smoke detector on each floor and in the basement
  • Test smoke detectors monthly; change the batteries every six months
  • Keep blankets, clothing, curtains, furniture and anything that could get hot away from portable heaters
  • Do not use a portable heater in a bedroom or a nursery
  • Check furnace and fireplace flues when the seasons change
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher and place them in the kitchen, basement, garage and near the fireplace
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Store gasoline, paint thinner and ammonia in a place outside your home
  • Look for and replace old and/or frayed electrical wires and cords that can set fire to curtains, carpeting and rugs

Fire Escape Drills

  • Know two ways out of every room
  • Plan and practice your family's fire escape routes, and make sure every family member knows them
  • Decide on a place for your family to meet after you are outside of the house

What to Do in Case of Fire

  • Leave the house right away, and stay low and crawl
  • Always feel doors before opening them; if they are hot, do not open them
  • Use a phone outside your home to call the fire department

For more fire safety tips, visit the Chicago Fire Department.