Rural Fire Prevention Checklist: A Fact sheet on Rural Fire Safety and Prevention
Maintain Home Heating Systems
Have your chimney inspected and cleaned annually by a certified specialist.
Insulate chimneys and place spark arresters on top.
Extend the chimney at least three feet above the roof.
Remove branches hanging above and around the chimney.
Have A Fire Safety and Evacuation Plan
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
Test them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.
Practice fire escape and evacuation plans.
Mark the entrance to your property with signs that are clearly visible.
Know which local emergency services are available and have those numbers posted.
Provide emergency vehicle access through roads and driveways at least 12 feet wide with adequate turnaround space.
Make Your Home Fire-Resistant
fire-resistant and protective roofing and materials like stone, brick
and metal to protect your home. Avoid using wood materials that offer
the least fire protection.
Keep roofs and eaves clear of debris.
Cover all exterior vents, attics and eaves with metal mesh screens no larger than 6 millimeters.
Install multipane windows, tempered safety glass or fireproof shutters to protect large windows from radiant heat.
Use fire-resistant draperies for added window protection.
Keep tools for fire protection nearby: 100 foot garden hose, shovel, rake, ladder and buckets.
Make sure water sources, such as hydrants and Ponds, are accessible to the fire department.
Let Your Landscape Defend Your Property
Trim grass on a regular basis up to 100 feet surrounding your home.
Create defensible space by thinning trees and brush within 30 feet around your home.
Beyond 30 feet, remove dead wood, debris and low tree branches.
Landscape your property with fire resistant plants and vegetation to prevent fire from spreading quickly.
Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from your home and other structures.
Follow Local Burning Laws
Do not burn trash or other debris without proper knowledge of local burning laws, techniques and the safest times of day and year to burn.
Before burning debris in a wooded area, make sure you notify local authorities and obtain a burning permit.
Use an approved incinerator with a safety lid or covering with holes no larger than 3/4 inches.
The above publication was compiled from The United States Fire Administration
Smoke detectors that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries.
All residents in Whitesville Fire Department's response area are urged to contact us at 304-854-1197, if their home is lacking a smoke detector.