FIRE AND LIFE SAFETY
Fire prevention is best but, should you have a fire, having appropriately placed and operational smoke alarms along with a reliable fire escape plan will provide your best chance of escape without harm. Have a family meeting to discuss what to do if there is a fire, and practice your plan to ensure that everyone escapes safely.
Family Escape Plan
A fire escape plan grid may aid in sketching your home with all exits and exit routes.
You can be fire safe in your home by eliminating dangers. Inspect your home for any hazards and take action to correct any problems.
Some hazards to avoid in and around your home:
There are five primary types of fire extinguishers, each designed to put out different kinds of fires.
It is helpful to have an ABC type fire extinguisher that is serviced by a certified technician once a year.
Most home improvement stores carry multipurpose fire extinguishers that cover Class A through Class C.
Ask yourself these questions before using a fire extinguisher on small fires:
Have I alerted others in the building that there’s a fire?
Has someone called the fire department?
Am I physically able to use a fire extinguisher?
Is the fire small and contained in a single object (like a pan or a wastebasket)?
Am I safe from the fire’s toxic smoke?
Do I have a clear escape route?
Use a fire extinguisher when all of these questions are answered “yes.” If you’re unsure about whether or not it’s safe to use a fire extinguisher, and for all other situations, alert others, leave the building, and call 911 from a mobile or neighbor’s phone.
Be sure that all able members of your family are instructed on the location and proper use of a fire extinguisher.
Service Fee Schedule
Adopted fees for plans review, systems tests, public education activities, etc. can be found here: