General Fire Safety Tips


Fire Safety Tips

The Rocklin Fire Departments goal is to keep you safe and be there when you need us. Provided on this page are some helpful hints and tips that we would like to share with you. The page covers a wide range of topics from heater safety to smoke alarms to preventing poisoning incidents. Please take a moment and review this information and when in doubt call 911.  If you are certain that there is no emergency but are looking for assistance you can call 916-625-5400.


Have a working smoke alarm outside each sleeping area, inside each sleeping area, and on each level of your home.

Test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Do not change the battery if you have a lithium battery. The alarm will let out a periodic “chirping” sound when it needs a new battery.

If your home is hard wired with multiple smoke detectors, you need to remember that when one battery backup gets low, all the detectors will make a chirping sound.  Its best to change all batteries at that point but the detector with a red flashing light is usually the one with the bad battery.  However it may be multiple bad batteries and its best to just replace all at this time.

Replace smoke alarms every 8-10 years or as manufacturer recommends.

Install smoke alarms away from air vents.

Install smoke alarms on the ceiling or wall, at least 4 inches from the corners.

When affixed to walls, smoke alarms should be between 4 and 12 inches from the ceiling.

Never disable or remove smoke alarm batteries.


Develop a fire escape plan with the members of your household and practice often.

Know two ways to exit from every room in your home.

Make sure that safety bars on windows can be opened from inside your home.

Crawl low, under smoke.

Consider sleeping with the door closed. This can help prevent the rapid spread of fire.

Feel closed doors. If hot, use another exit.

Place a cloth or blanket (moistened if possible) along the bottom of the door to reduce the amount of smoke entering the room.

Identify a place to meet outside in case of fire. Never re-enter a burning building.

Escape first. Then call 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.


Keep clothes, blankets, curtains and other combustibles at least three feet from portable heaters.

Place portable heaters where they will not tip over easily.

Have chimneys cleaned and inspected annually by a professional.

Clear the area around the hearth of debris, flammables and decorative materials.

Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces and leave glass doors open while burning a fire.

Do not place fireplace ashes in combustible containers.  Fire ashes can stay hot for days waiting for a little oxygen and fuel to reignite.  Only dispose of ashes in an metal container stirring every day until the ashes are cold. 

Keep clothes, towels and other combustibles away from stove burners.

Never leave cooking unattended.

Be sure your stove and small appliances are off before going to bed.

Purchase a 2A/10BC fire extinguisher for your kitchen and garage. 

Check for frayed wires and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.

Never overload electrical sockets.

Keep lighters and matches out of the reach of children.

Never leave cigarettes unattended.

Never smoke in bed.