Fire Safety

As a gathering place for friends and family, your home is at the center of your life. Surrounded by your family and most treasured possessions, home is where you feel secure. An important part of that secure feeling is the knowledge that you have done everything you can to make sure your home is protected. That's why we want you to take a few moments to read the following information, which can help protect your home and family.

Carbon Monoxide & Smoke Detectors
Smoke detectors warn you of a fire in time to let you escape. Install them on the ceiling or wall outside of each sleeping area, in each room used for sleeping purposes, and on each level of the structure. Follow the manufacturer's directions, and test once a week. Replace batteries once a year or when the detector chirps to signal that the battery is dead. Don't use them for other uses. The Illinois State Fire Marshal requires carbon monoxide detectors only be installed within 15 feet of bedrooms, installation in other locations is not necessary. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can be produced by gas or oil appliances like a furnace, clothes dryer, range, ovens, water heaters, or space heaters. If your detector sounds everyone should leave the home and wait for emergency response.

Use Caution
Carelessly discarded cigarettes cause tens of thousands of home fires every year. Never smoke in bed or when you are drowsy. Provide large, deep ashtrays for smokers, and put water on the butts before discarding them. Before going to bed, check under and around sofa cushions for smoldering cigarettes.


Never leave cooking food or unattended. Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles and wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Keep the handles of your pots turned inward so the pots can't be knocked or pulled over. If grease catches fire, carefully slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames, then turn off the burner. Never put foil or other metals in a microwave oven.


Keep portable and space heaters at least 3 feet from paper, curtains, furniture, clothing, bedding, or anything else that can burn. Never leave heaters on when you leave home or go to bed, and keep children and pets well away from the heaters.

Escape Plans
If fire breaks out in your home, you must get out fast. With your family, plan two ways out of every room. Fire escape routes must not include elevators, which might take you right to the fire. Choose a meeting place outside where everyone will gather. Once you are out stay out. At least twice a year have the whole family practice the escape plan.

Here are some lifesaving tips on fire safety and emergency evacuation plans:
  • If your clothes catch fire then stop, drop, and roll.
  • Stay lower to the ground in the smoke.
  • Sleep with the bedroom door closed.
  • Have an escape plan.
  • Conduct emergency Exit Drills In The Home (E.D.I.T.H.).
  • Know two ways to get out.
  • Get out and stay out.
  • Select a meeting place outside.