Fire Prevention

Fire Prevention

Before a commercial, industrial or multi-family facility is even constructed, city officials will review the plans and insure that the layout and construction meets all the requirements of the fire code. During construction, inspections will be conducted and a final inspection will be completed prior to occupancy. While the Fire Division does not inspect individual residences, all plats are approved before construction and roadways and fire hydrants must be in place before construction begins. Once a commercial, industrial or multi-family facility is constructed and operational, the Fire Division continues to monitor compliance with the fire code through annual inspections.

Phone: 269-329-4487

Fire Prevention Safety Tips

Protecting your family or business from fire requires advance planning and proper education. The following websites offer fire prevention safety tips for families, seniors, kids, teachers, businesses and more.

Seasonal Fire Safety Tips

Summer has passed and fall is arriving, bringing cooler weather and falling leaves. 

  • Never park your car or truck over a pile of leaves.  The heat from the vehicles catalytic converter or exhaust system can ignite the leaves below. The resulting fire could destroy your vehicle. 
  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they work, and change the batteries. 
  • Have heating appliances serviced and chimney flues examined for defects. 
  • Fireplaces should be equipped with an appropriate screen or glass enclosure to prevent sparks from flying out. 
  • Wood burning stoves should be examined and the flue and chimney checked for creosote buildup. 
  • Use only seasoned woods, and avoid soft woods like pine, etc.
  • Never use a flammable liquid to start a fireplace. 
  • Never overload the hearth with wood or artificial logs, the resulting fire may be too large for the unit. 
  • Put all ashes outdoors and away from the house in a metal container. 
  • Have a usable fire extinguisher available.