Fire Safety Tips

The following information on fire safety will be useful in the event of a fire or emergency in your home or property.

  • Install and maintain smoke detectors in your dwelling.  You should have one on each level and outside of each sleeping unit.  Follow the manufacturer's instructions when installing them.
  • We encourage the use of Carbon Monoxide detectors in the home.
  • Keep heating and cooking appliances clear of combustibles.
  • Never leave cooking unattended and if you should have a grease fire, put a lid on it if you can safely do so.
  • Never store flammable liquids and gases in the home or basement.
  • Have a plan of escape in the event of a fire.  Practice EDITH- Exit Drills In The Home!
  • Keep matches and lighters away from children!
  • Call 911 immediately!  Delaying the call will only contribute to injury or further property damage. Get out alive!
  • Make an inventory of your property for insurance purposes.  If you are not a homeowner, you should check into insurance that will cover your personal property while renting or leasing.

If you need the assistance of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services for questions concerning fire safety and public fire education, call 203-630-5868.  For questions concerning the Connecticut State Fire Code, fire investigation or fire prevention, call the Office of the Fire Marshal at 203-630-4010.  If you have any suggestions, complaints or communications for the Department, call 203-630-5868 or write to the Fire Chief at Fire Headquarters, 561 Broad Street, Meriden, Connecticut 06450.