It’s Fire Prevention Awareness this October. It’s a great time to review common hazards and tips. For more information please watch our video.

Fire Hazard #1: Outlets Full of Cords

Our Concern: There is an outlet overloaded with cords near the radiator and long curtains.


  • Power bars with surge protectors are a good alternative to overloading the outlet.
  • Twist ties and rubber bands are a good way to tidy up cords and prevent a trip hazard.

Fire Hazard #2: Space Heater on the floor

Our Concern: There are loose wires are on the floor close to the radiator and space heater.


  • Space heater should be near an open area.
  • Cords should be checked for cracks, breaks or frays.
  • Cord should always be laid out as to not recoil on its self -these cords can become hot and cause fires.

Fire Hazard #3: Kitchen Counter

Our Concern: A dangerous mix of clutter is found on the kitchen counter.


  • The coffee pot should be free of clutter and have an automatic shut off.
  • GFI outlets are a good idea to have in the kitchen.

Fire Hazard #4: Smoke detectors

Our Concern: Are smoke detectors in good working order?


  • Batteries should be changed twice a year even if they are hardwired.
  • There should be at least one smoke detector in each bedroom, in the kitchen and at least one on each floor of the house.’

Free Home Safety Assessments

The Falls/Fires Home Safety Program provides free, in-home safety assessments for areas that increase falls risk. All home assessments are done by a registered nurse and take 1-2 hours. The nurse performs a short intake and assessment of the home, using the CDC Home Safety Checklist as a guide. Suggestions for modifications* to reduce the risk of falls will be discussed.

*limited financial assistance for modifications may be available to those who meet income qualification criteria


Individuals eligible for the program include Chittenden County seniors, or younger adults with impaired mobility, who have a history of falling at home, are at risk for falling at home, and/or would like to prevent falling at home. There are no insurance requirements, nor do individuals need to have a UVMMC primary care provider.


Referrals to the Falls/Fires Program can come from primary care providers or other members of the care team and community partners. Referrals are accepted via email or phone.


Please contact or call (802) 847-2278.

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