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.

Gas Safety Tips (posted 06/23/2020)

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.