For Your Home
Free Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program
Smoke alarms save lives. Every year in Michigan, there are thousands of fires, and hundreds of fire deaths. The State of Michigan Fire Marshal has made smoke alarm installation a priority throughout the state. The Rochester Hills Fire Department has been installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents, free of charge, for over a decade. The Rochester Hills Fire Department has teamed up with MI Prevention, a State of Michigan agency focused on Community Risk Reduction. MI Prevention has provided over 1,000 smoke alarms that were installed in homes in Rochester Hills. If you would like a free smoke alarm or carbon monoxide alarm (if available), please fill out the Google Form below or contact our Fire and Life Safety Educator at 248-841-2705.
Home and Fire Safety Survey
Have you ever wondered what you could do to reduce the risk to yourself or your family in your home? The Rochester Hills Fire Department Provides a free, in-home, personalized safety survey to residents. The survey addresses several different aspects of home safety, including fire safety, slip / trip / fall hazards, and other unintentional dangers.
File of Life
Since 1995, the File of Life program has saved thousands of lives across the country. The File of Life is a simple piece of paper that has important information that medical personnel require during an emergency. The File of Life is a magnetic sleeve that contains a list of emergency contacts, medical history, medication information, allergies, and other information pertaining for your health that is readily available if family is not available or you are unable to provide the information. Our paramedics are trained on this program and will automatically check your fridge for this document during an emergency. The Rochester Hills Fire Department participates in this program and provides a File of Life for free to residents. Please contact the Fire and Life Safety Educator at 248-841-2705 to obtain a File of Life for each member of your household.
Create a Fire Escape Plan
Every second counts during a home fire. Having an escape plan and practicing that plan regularly, alongside working smoke alarms, could save a life. During a home fire, you have less than 3 minutes to safely escape before smoke and gasses can completely cutoff your exit. To create a successful escape plan, remember the following elements:
- Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows.
- Visit each room and find two ways out.
- Ensure all doors and windows open easily.
- Ensure all bedrooms have a working smoke alarm and that there is at least one smoke alarm on each level of the home. Push the button each month to make sure it is working.
- Pick a meeting place outside, away from the street, for the family to meet. Make sure everyone knows the location.
- Ensure that your address numbers are visible from the street and that everyone knows the address number and street name.
- Talk about the plan with all household members, including children. Make sure that children know to exit the home when smoke or fire is observed so they do not wait for an adult or instructions.
- Teach all members of the household how to call 911 and alert emergency services.
- Gather your family and practice your fire escape plan regularly.
You can download a free, NFPA Fire Escape Plan Grid here to draw your house and find two ways out.Helpful Fire Safety Links
- NFPA Public Education Site
- File of Life
- Michigan Fire Inspectors Society Fatal Fire Statistics
- US Fire Administration Keeping Kids Safe From Fire
- Safe Kids Worldwide – Vehicle Car Seat Safety
- American Red Cross Home Fire Safety
Consumer Fireworks Restrictions
The use of Consumer Fireworks is restricted in the City of Rochester Hills to the following dates and times (per City Ordinance):
A person shall not ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks on public property, school property, church property or the property of another without that organization's or person's express permission to use those fireworks on those premises.
There is a civil infraction penalty that carries a civil fine of $1,000 for each violation of this ordinance.
To read the full ordinance as adopted, click here and scroll down to Section 3301.1.3.