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Public safety is a very important topic for the Rochester Hills Fire Department. Whether it's information on how to properly maintain your smoke alarms, or how to safely grill in the summer months, we want to make sure you have the tools necessary to keep you and your family safe.

Winter Fire Safety Tips
More fires happen in the winter months than any other time of the year. During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes.

It is important to keep fire safety in mind when you are heating your home.

If you are using a portable heater:
  • Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off so if it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Keep anything that can burn such as bedding, clothing and curtains at least 3 feet from the heater.
  • Plug portable heaters directly into wall outlets. Never use an extension cord or power strip.
  • Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.

If you are using a fireplace:
  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out and starting a fire.
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home put the fire out completely.
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid. Store the container outside at least 3 feet from your home.
  • Click here for IMPORTANT SAFETY information regarding fireplaces.

If you are using a wood stove:
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the stove.
  • Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
  • Before you go to sleep or leave your home, put the fire out completely.

When heating your home, you need to be aware of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the "invisible killer" because it's a colorless, odorless, and poisonous gas. More than 150 people in the U.S. die every year from accidental CO poisoning from generators or fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters, and fire places. Breathing CO at high levels can kill you.

Put CO alarms inside your home to provide an early warning of increasing CO levels. These alarms should be placed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.

As always, make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. Test your alarms every month. Have a home fire escape plan and practice your plan at least twice a year. Make sure everyone knows how to escape your home if there is a fire.

For more information on heating fire safety, go to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Put a Freeze on Winter Fires
It's that time of year again to practice good decorating and heating safety. Click on the link below for more information.
U.S. Fire Administration Newsletter

Close Your Door Safety Initiative
"The Close Your Door safety initiative comes as a result of over 10 years of research" reports the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI). They have proved that closing a door could potentially save lives in a fire. Visit the Close Your Door website for more information.

Car Seat Safety
Statistics show that many car seats are not installed correctly, or are not even the right kind of car seat for your child. The City of Rochester Hills offers Free Car Seat Checks. For an appointment, please call 248.656.4720.

Smoke Alarms
Please read the following guidelines regarding smoke alarms per FEMA:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Set up smoke alarms inside and outside of all sleeping areas.
  • If an individual is deaf or hard of hearing, use a smoke alarm with a bed shaker or strobe light.
  • Test your smoke alarm at least once a month.
  • Ensure all members of your household know the sound or alert of the alarm.

For additional information on how to protect yourself from a fire, check out the USFA website. 

Simple Steps to Safe Medication Storage

Nearly 9 in 10 parents agree that it's important to store medicine up high and out of reach of children after every use, but nearly 7 in 10 report that they aren't actually doing so. Watch this new video, made with the support of Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc. to see what it means to put medicine out of reach and sight and for more tips to protect kids at home.

Christmas Tree Fire Safety

This video covers tips on how to keep your home and family safe during the upcoming holiday season.                       

Halloween Safety
Trick or Treating is always on Halloween night from 6pm to 8pm. Here area  few other reminders to keep our little goblins safe!


Close Your Doors

Smoke travels fast through a house - keep your bedroom door closed to give you more time to get out. 

Cooking Fire Safety

This video covers the importance of safety when cooking in your home.

Deep Fryer Safety

Deep fryers have become a Thanksgiving tradition for many people. Please watch this video on the dangers of using these fryers, and what some safer alternatives may be.                                   

Grease Fires

 This video covers the steps to take if you experience a  grease fire in your kitchen.                                 

Three Feet Away

This video covers the safe distance you should stay from any type of open flames.                        

Water Safety

 Whether in the pool or lake, remember W.A.T.E.R.                   

Roundabout Basics
4 simple tips to help humans love roundabouts! Live in harmony with? Well...maybe "coexist" would be better. 

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