Riverton, Wyoming Fire Department

Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips 


Home fires are often easily preventable tragedies. Educating yourself and your family is a key first step to preventing or surviving a household fire. Installing smoke detectors, practicing a home evacuation plan and learning proper use of a fire extinguisher are all easy and important steps every family should take.


Below are some key fire safety tips. 

  • Install a minimum of one smoke detector outside every bedroom and in every sleeping area. If it’s a two story house install at least one per floor.
  • Check your smoke detectors at least once a month and replace batteries one a year.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand and know how to use it.
  • Create and practice a home evacuation plan.
  • Keep all exits clear of clutter.
  • Check that windows open and close easily.
  • There should be at least two exits from every room.
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy.
  • Keep floor lamps at least 4 feet away from combustibles.
  • If you have a fireplace keep a screen in place at all times, have chimney checked and cleaned periodically.
  • If a gas heater is present, do not store flammable materials in the garage.
  • Only store flammable materials in the proper containers.
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  • Talk to your children about fire safety.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector if your home has gas appliances.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Always stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Keep towels and other flammable materials away from the stove.


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