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Fire Prevention

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The Phoenix Fire Department's Fire Prevention Section is growing! 


We would like to congratulate Cindy Staub and Troy Azeltine on their promotions to Deputy Fire Marshal.


​We would also like to congratulate Aaron Conway on his promotion to Fire Protection Engineer. 


​The Interviews for Fire Prevention Specialist (Inspector position) will be conducted soon.



 

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Mission Statement


The Fire Prevention Division will provide a high level of life 

safety and property protection for the community and first 

responders through inspection, education, and enforcement.

  

Fire Prevention is the inspection, education, and enforcement division of the fire department providing life safety services through code enforcement and inspections during the new business development process, general fire inspections, operating and special use permitting and complaint investigation.
 

Fire Prevention is the key to saving lives and property. Fire Prevention education is the first step in the Fire Department's commitment to protecting the lives and property of our citizens, guests, and neighboring communities. 


  The Phoenix Fire Department's Fire Prevention Division is committed to providing you the most comprehensive information and assistance possible. This site will guide you to timely safety information, permit applications, inspections, forms, and publications. If you have questions, please click here for our contact information.


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​December​ Holiday Safety


For most, the kitchen is the heart of the home, especially during the holidays. From testing family recipes to decorating cakes and cookies, everyone enjoys being part of the preparations.


So keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.​


Top 10 safety tips
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
Christmas fire facts (per NFPA)

  • Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat source, such as a candle or equipment, was too close to the tree.
  • One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.
Holiday decorations (per NFPA)
  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 780  home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2013-2017. These fires caused an annual average of three civilian fire deaths, 34 civilian fire injuries and $12 million in direct property damage.
  • Nine percent of decoration fires were intentional.
  • The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in more than two of every five (44%) fires.
  • One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.
  • One-fifth (20%) of the home decoration fires occurred in December.  
Candles (per NFPA)
  • On average, 22 home candle fires were reported each day between 2013-2017.
  • Three of every five (60%) candle fires started when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations, was too close to the candle.
  • Candle fires peak in December. January ranked second. Eighteen percent of December candle fires started in the living room and 8% started in the dining room compared to 14% and 3% for those areas during the rest of the year.
  • The two peak days for candle fires were Christmas and Christmas Eve.

     

Holiday cooking (per NFPA)
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

  • Cooking equipment was involved in one of every five (19%) of home decoration fires. This can happen when a decoration is left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment. 

Fireworks
  • Ten percent of fireworks fires occur during the period from December 30 through January 3, with the peak on New Year's Day.


For more Safety Tips about Holiday Safety click here​.

Or click here​ for Safety Tips about Christmas trees. 


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Tents and Outdoor events

Did you know that your outside event or tent may require a permit from the Phoenix Fire Department? If you have an outside event that anticipates more than 500 people attending, or you have fencing/barriers that confine more than 50 people, you will need an Outdoor Public Assembly Permit. Also, if you have a tent over 800 sqft or a canopy over 1,200 sqft you will need a Tent/Canopy Permit.

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Vacant and Abandoned Buildings

Fires in vacant and abandoned structures can pose serious risks for our first responders and community. While nationally fires in vacant buildings represent 6% of structure fires, they account for 16% of Firefighter injuries and deaths (1). They also have a 33% greater chance of spreading to other structures in the neighborhood. It's estimated that in the United States 16% of urban structures sit vacant or abandoned. A few Phoenix Fire Code requirements have been provided below to assist property owners with implementing a process to prevent or reduce the effects of fires in their vacant properties.

  • Secure all exterior openings to prevent unauthorized access to the building.
  • Ensure all the fire protections systems (fire sprinkler system, fire alarm, standpipes and fire hydrants) are kept in operational service and inspected every year by a licensed contractor.
  • Remove any unnecessary combustible material like office equipment and household goods. Never allow trash or combustible debris to be stored in vacant/abandoned buildings.
  • Ensure exposed sprinkler pipe is protected from freezing conditions.

For all Fire Code requirements, or if you have any questions or concerns regarding a property, please contact us by visiting this page

  1. https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Fire-statistics-and-reports/Fire-statistics/Fires-by-property-type/Vacant-Building-Fires

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Swimming Pool Barriers

A proper swimming pool barrier is a key component in pool safety.   In Arizona, drowning is the leading cause of death in and around the home for children under 5 years old.  Many of these deaths result when young children gain unsupervised access to swimming pools due to inadequate pool fencing.  The City of Phoenix requires pools to have an approved fence around them to prevent a child from drowning.  Please click on the link below for more information on City of Phoenix Fire and Building Codes related to pool barriers: 

Pool Barrier Requirement  

Did you know that you can contact the Fire Department to report a pool that is accessible due to a fence being down or a gate not functioning properly?  You can contact the Phoenix Fire Department Fire Prevention Division at 602-262-6771 to report an accessible pool during normal business hours or you can call 602-495-5555 to report an accessible pool outside normal business hours.    A Fire Inspector will respond to secure the pool. 

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Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems

After a carbon dioxide incident almost turned tragic in Phoenix, and on a national level has taken lives, the Phoenix Fire Department has initiated a comprehensive program to ensure compressed and liquefied based Carbonated Beverage Systems are designed, installed, and operated in accordance with all applicable codes and safety standards.  As the uses and systems of Carbon Dioxide change, so does the Phoenix Fire Code to ensure safety.  Please call the Fire Prevention's Special Hazrds Unit at 602-262-6771 with any questions. 

Carbon Dioxide Beverage Systems 

       


Medical Gas Systems

Medical Gas Systems are commonly installed in Doctor and Dentist offices but many installers don't realize these systems require permits from the Fire Department to install them. Plans to install Medical Gas Systems need to be submitted to Fire Prevention at 150 S 12th Street. Please call Fire Inspector Brian Scholl at 602-319-2297 with any questions regarding Medical Gas Systems.  Here is the fire code summary for more information:  

Medical Gas Systems


 

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Fire Prevention Public Information Officer Safety Tips


 

Home Escape Plans

Anytime is a great time to create and practice your home escape plan. This plan should include a map of your home showing all the doors and windows.  You need to know at least two ways out of your house in case your normal escape route is blocked.  You need to have an outside meeting place that's a safe distance from the house where everyone will meet so you can make sure everyone got out of the house safely. Finally...practice, practice, practice.  You need to practice your evacuation at least twice a year.  Please call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 for assistance in creating a Home Escape Plan.  Here are some more tips on Home Escape Plans:  Home Escape Plans


 

Heating Safety

​​​In the Sonoran Desert, winter temperatures can become extremely cold.  Space heaters and other heating appliances are a leading cause of fires in the home.  Be safe this winter and follow these safety tips from the NFPA: Winter Heating Safety


 

Carbon Monoxide Safety

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless and an odorless gas that can make a person feel sick and can be deadly. In the home, heating and cooking devices that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.  The Phoenix Fire Code requires CO Detectors in homes with fuel-burning appliances or with attached garages.  Click on the link below to learn about CO safety and feel free to call Fire Prevention at 602-262-6771 with any questions about CO Detectors.  Carbon monoxide Safety Tips ​​


 

Aerial Luminaries

Aerial Luminaries, also known as Sky Lanterns or Chinese Lanterns, are not only dangerous but are illegal to use in the City of Phoenix.  Once these lanterns are airborne, there is no way to control their direction or where they land.  They can easily ignite a fire if they land on buildings or brush.  There have even been instances where these luminaries landed on children and caused severe burns.  Please click on the link below to learn more about the dangers of these lanterns:  Aerial Luminaries



Important Information to Customers with Knox Key

Boxes

The Knox Company is proactively reaching out to their customers to inform them of a potential compromise of Knox key boxes in the City of Phoenix.  To view the letter from Knox that includes contact information for both Knox representatives and the Phoenix Fire Department, please click HERE​​.​​



 

Fire Prevention related news article:

Fire Inspection: Harrowing Tales from the Front Lines 

Home Fire Sprinklers Save Lives

 


What is a Fire Inspector? 

What is a Fire Inspector and what does one do?  Click below to find out that answer:

What is a Fire Inspector ?

 

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