Fire Safety Tips

Cooking Safety

  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Always wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook.
  • Keep towels, pot holders, and curtains away from flames.
  • Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.

Controlled Burns

No controlled burning by residents is allowed within the City of Charlottesville.

More Information | See the City Code for Open Burning, Section 12-32. Review the Virginia Department of Forestry Burn Law, § 10.1-1142.

City of Charlottesville Residents Contact | Fire Marshal: 434.970.3247

Albemarle County Residents Contact | Albemarle County Fire & Rescue: 434.296.5833

 

Electrical Wiring

  • Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs.
  • Make sure outlets have cover plates and no exposed wiring.
  • Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets.

Charlottesville Fire Department can inspect your home for fire safety and prevention.

Contact | Fire Marshal: 434.970.3247

 

Fireworks

Fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted in the City of Charlottesville.

Contact | Charlottesville Fire Department: 434.970.3240

More Information | See the City Code on fireworks, Section 12-32

 

Grilling + Grill Pits

The City of Charlottesville allows the use of gas, charcoal and wood grills, and grill pits that are:

  • UL® Listed – Tested for safety; look for UL® logo
  • Covered with a screen
  • If not used for food preparation, outdoor fireplaces must be at least 15 feet from a structure

Open fires are allowed for recreational and ceremonial use with permission from the Fire Marshal.

GRILLING SAFETY TIPS

  • Barbecue grills should be properly inspected and cleaned prior to use.
  • Before using the grill, check the connection between the propane tank and fuel line.
  • Do not wear loose clothing near the grill.
  • Never grill indoors, as it could produce carbon monoxide.
  • Never use gasoline to start charcoal grills.
  • Do not burn plastic in grill pits.
  • Use only a limited amount of lighter fluid.
  • Never grill on balconies of apartments or condominiums.
  • Keep children and pets away from grilling area.
  • Be sure to properly dispose of hot coals.

Contact | Fire Marshal: 434.970.3247

More Information | See the City Code on Open Burning, Section 12-32.

Matches, Lighters + Smoking

  • Keep matches/lighters away from children.
  • Never smoke in bed or when drowsy or medicated.
  • If you must smoke, do it responsibly.

Smoke Alarms + Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Properly working smoke alarms decrease your chances of dying in a fire by half.

  • Install smoke alarms.
  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your residence, including the basement.
  • Install a working carbon monoxide detector in the common area of the bedrooms.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Replace smoke alarms once every 10 years.

Space Heaters

  • Place space heaters at least 3 feet away from flammable/combustible materials.
  • Use only the type of fuel designated for your space heater.
  • Do not leave space heaters unattended.

Your Escape Plan

  • Create an escape plan in case there is a fire.
  • Review escape routes with your family, including children.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the floor, where the air is safer, when escaping from a fire.
  • In high-rise, never lock fire exits or doorways, halls, or stairways. Never prop stairway or other fire doors open.