Fire Safety for Residents

Smoke Detectors Save Lives

  • Install smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside of all the bedrooms, and one on every floor of the house/apartment.
  • Change the batteries twice a year when you change the clocks.
  • Replace all detectors that are 10 years old or older.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas that causes severe medical complications in high doses.  The only way to protect yourself is to install the proper detectors.
  • Install detectors within 15 feet of all bedrooms and on every floor with a carbon monoxide source.
  • If the detector activates leave the area immediately and call 911

Plan Your Escape

  • Plan two ways out of each room or building.
  • Keep your escape route clear of clutter and furniture to eliminate tripping hazards.
  • Count the number of doors between your apartment and the exit stairs so you can locate it in low visibility.
  • Never use the elevator in a fire.
  • Decide on a meeting place.
  • Practice your escape plan.
  • If you have a physical impairment that affects your ability to escape a fire, contact the Fire Prevention Bureau so our firefighters will be aware of your situation during an emergency.
  • Keep a telephone in your bedroom at night so you can call 911 if you are unable to exit safely.

Cooking Safety

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Keep the area around the cook top free of all combustibles.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing when you are cooking.
  • Keep pot handles turned inward.
  • If you have a grease fire, place the lid on top of the pot and turn the burner off.


  • Use large, deep ashtrays on sturdy tables.
  • Do not smoke in bed or when you are lying down.
  • Do not smoke if you are sleepy, have taken medication, or have had alcohol to drink.
  • Wet cigarette and cigar butts before throwing them in the trash.
  • Never smoke in the house if you or a family member is on supplemental oxygen.

Space Heaters

  • Plug the heater directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord.
  • Keep the heater a minimum of three feet from anything that can burn
  • Purchase a heater with the seal of a qualified testing laboratory. (Underwriters Laboratories UL)
  • Purchase a heater with a thermostat, overheat protection, and auto shut-off to turn the heater off if it tips over.


  • Do not use candles in the bedroom.
  • Place candles on a hard noncombustible surface.
  • Place candles in a location where they cannot be knocked over by a pet.
  • Do not leave candles unattended (especially with children or pets).

Electrical Safety

  • Extension cords are for temporary use only. Never use extension cords for appliances like refrigerators, microwaves, or air conditioners.
  • Never overload a power strip or surge protector. Do not plug refrigerators, microwaves, air conditioners or other appliances into a power strip or surge protector. 
  • Do not run the cord for the power strip under a rug or through a wall.
  • Unapproved cube adaptors should never be used.
  • Never overload a receptacle.
Infographic for fire safety for residents
Infographic for fire safety for residents