Fire Safety Tips
Make sure that your smoke detectors work. The life of
smoke detectors is 10 years. If your smoke detectors are
more than 10 years old they should be replaced. Remember to
test your smoke detectors once a month and replace the
batteries once a year. An excellent reminder is daylight
savings time. Remember when you change your clock, change
your battery. It is also recommended that smoke detectors be
located on every floor, in each bedroom and that they be
interconnected so that when one detector activates they all
sound an alarm. There are currently detectors on the market
that communicate through radio waves, eliminating the need
to wire them together.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless odorless gas that is
created by the combustion of carbon based fuels. It also
connects to blood cells at a rate 200 times faster than
oxygen, asphyxiating the victims. The only way to detect
this deadly gas in your home is with carbon monoxide
detectors. It is recommended that you install a carbon
monoxide detector on each level of your home. We recommend
the type that plug into a 110 volt outlet and give you a
digital read out of the concentration of carbon monoxide in
Each year in Bloomfield Township we have many fires
related to fireplaces. Here are some tips to help you enjoy
your fireplace in a safe manner.
- Make sure that your chimney is cleaned each
year by a reputable, licensed contractor. When
they clean the chimney they will also inspect the system
as a whole and point out things that need to be repaired
or could cause a fire.
- Keep fires in the fireplaces small, burning only one
or two logs at a time.
- Wait for at least 24 hours before removing
the ashes, put them in an empty Metal Can, and
set them outside, away from the house and the garage.
The Bloomfield Township Fire Department responds to a
number of fires each year caused by ashes that were
- Clean your oven and range before the holidays to
prevent grease build-up that can fuel a fire.
- If a fire occurs in the oven, leave the door closed
and call 911.
- If a fire occurs on the range top cover the pan with
the lid, turn off the burner, slide the pan to another
burner, off the heat and call 911. Even if you think the
fire is out it is still a good idea to have the fire
department check for hidden fires that may be burning.
- Never throw water on a grease fire. This will only
cause it to flare up and possibly set near- by
combustibles, such as drapes on fire.
- Never try to carry a flaming pan outside. The flames
and heat could come back at you or you could spill the
flaming grease, burning yourself or setting the house on
fire. You could also ignite the drapes or window
treatments as you move through the doorway.
- If deep frying your turkey, place the fryer away
from the house, garage, or anything else that may catch
fire. Have a fire extinguisher handy. In some cases the
grease will overflow and is ignited by the burner. If
the burner is in the garage or too close to the house,
the result can be a house and/or garage fire.
Bloomfield Township’s Code of Ordinance, Chapter 16,
Section 27, among other things, prohibits open burning
except for small recreational fires at one-family or
two-family dwellings. For more information about this
ordinance, please call 248.433.7745 or view the
Burning Ordinances page.
Here are some tips designed for the safety of you and
your family concerning small recreational fires.
- Fire is fascinating to young children. Make sure
your children are supervised at all times. No horseplay
around the fire. Burns caused by falling into the fire
are very common.
- Never light a campfire in high winds. If the wind
kicks up while the fire is burning, extinguish it
immediately. Under federal law you are responsible for
the fire you light. This means if you lose control of
the fire you are responsible for the cost to extinguish
it as well as for the damage it causes.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure your
campfire is thoroughly extinguished before leaving it.
- Always have a bucket of water, a hose, or a fire
extinguisher close by in case an emergency occurs.
- Keep combustible material away from the fire.