Home Safety Tips

Is your home fire safe?

Most fire deaths occur in the home. Those most likely to die in home fires are children under five years old and adults over 65. The United States and Canada have the highest fire death rates of any industrialized countries.

Why? Our buildings are built to high standards and our fire departments are among the best in the world. The problem is people, and their lack of awareness about the importance of making fire safety a part of their everyday lives.

The following information on fire safety will be useful in the event of a fire or emergency in your home or property.

  • Install and maintain smoke detectors in your dwelling. You should have one on each level and outside of each sleeping unit. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing them.
  • Use carbon monoxide detectors in the home.
  • Keep heating and cooking appliances clear of combustibles.
  • Never leave cooking unattended and if you should have a grease fire, put a lid on it if you can safely do so. NEVER put water on a grease fire!!
  • Never store flammable liquids and gases in the home or basement.
  • Have a plan of escape in the event of a fire. Practice ED.I.T.H. (Exit Drills In The Home)!
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children!
  • Activate the 911 system immediately. Delaying the call will only contribute to injury or further property damage. Get out alive!
  • Make an inventory of your property for insurance purposes. If you are not a homeowner, you should check into insurance that will cover your personal property while renting or leasing.

If you need the assistance of the City of Norwich for questions concerning fire safety / public education, the Connecticut State Fire Safety Code, fire investigation or fire prevention, call 860-892-6080.