It’s important to keep all papers and waste buckets far away from all heat sources in your home. This will help prevent a possible home fire!

Follow these guidelines to stay #FDNYsmart:

  • All waste buckets should be here far away from any sources of heat, especially space heaters.
  • If there are smokers living in your home, make sure all matches are thoroughly extinguished in water before being thrown away; burning embers can easily ignite the paper in a wastebasket.
  • If you and your family have a tendency to leave trash bins full of paper or leave stacks of papers and magazines around your home, clean them up! Be sure to recycle as many unwanted papers as possible. Not only does all this paper provide fuel for a possible fire, clutter such as this can be difficult to get past should a fire occur.