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Fire Prevention Education

Home safety visits

Why are they beneficial? Firefighter Becky Booker conducts a home fire safety check.

While home safety visits may look different in each community, the idea of helping people look for common household hazards and how to mitigate them will remain the same. Many fire departments choose to include smoke alarm installation as part of the home safety visit as a means to be invited into the home. 

There are many benefits to a department to adopt the practice of home safety visits including increasing fire safety knowledge of residents, positive public relations for the fire department, firefighter safety and increase working smoke alarms in the community.

Here is a link to a how-to guide for home safety visits.​

Develop a program that works for you

  • This home safety survey from Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds View Fire (SBM) helps residents get a better idea what they need to work on in their own home.
  • This booklet from St. Paul Fire helps residents make their home a safe haven and is simliar to the above home safety checklist.  
  • This document from the Washington State Fire Marshal walks you through appropriate messages to use on a home safety visit. 
  • This American Red Cross fire prevention and safety checklist​ is valuable to leave behind with homeowners. ​
Many departments across the country have already created great guides and templates to make creating your own home safety visit program easier than ever. Check out these great easy-to-use resources below.​
  • The office of the Washington State Fire Marshal has developed a guide to assist as you develop your home safety visit plan. You can find more information on their website.  
  • Vision 20/20 has resources and links to help departments further develop a home safety visit program. The website includes video to share how the program worked for other departments.
  • The Home Safety Challenge​ developed by SBM is a program to offer home safety visits in their communities along with resources to accompany the program. ​


Contact Kathi Osmonson at 651-201-7220 or by email, or Bob Reif at 651-201-7206 or by email ​for more information about home safety visits and how to conduct them in your community. 

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