Central County Fire Department is committed to educating the public in simple ways to stay safe. We offer a variety of programs to educate our communities.  Review the safety tips below for more information on how you can be fire smart.  Fire Safety information also available in other languages.


Spring Fire Safety Tips

Inside the home:

  • Check and clean your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Check your fire extinguishers.
  • Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords.
  • Check and clean filters above the stove.
  • Prepare for storm-related outages.  Make sure your flashlights and portable radios have batteries and that other supplies such as bottled water are stocked and available.
  • Practice exit drills with your family so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.
  • Pull the refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.
  • Recycle: get rid of old newspapers, magazines, and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can contribute to the severity and spread of fire.
  • Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit.
  • Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.

Outside and around the yard:

  • Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
  • Clean up yard debris. Cut back dead limbs and grasses.
  • Maintain a clear ‘fire zone’ of 10 feet around structures.  Clean up leaves and debris and consider using stone or non-combustible mulches.
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances.
  • Get your BBQ grill cleaned and serviced.  Check all propane tanks and lines for leaks and damage.
  • Keep 100 feet of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.

In the garage or shed:

  • Clean up and properly store paints, pool, and yard chemicals
  • Check fuel containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
  • Have all power equipment cleaned, serviced, and ready for use.
  • Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside.



Monthly Fire Safety Newsletter:





May 2022



Fire is Everyone’s Fight

Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety with CCFD!

Firefighters Say:
Close Before You Doze!

Fire is everyone’s fight! Practice fire-safe cooking and install and maintain smoke alarms.

Did you know?

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
  • More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Source: nfpa.org


Is there a beep or a chirp coming out of your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm? What does it all mean? 

Big thanks to Engine 34-B: Captain Klarich, Firefighter/Paramedic Hinsch and Firefighter/Paramedic MacIntosh, for this fun and informative video.

For more information, visit fpw.org.






Close Before You Doze – See the dramatic difference a door can make.

Because of synthetic materials, furniture, and construction, fire spreads faster than ever before. Closing doors helps stop the spread of fire.

‘Close Before You Doze’ focuses on straightforward actions and simple behavioral changes which can provide critical help in delaying the spread of fire. This doesn’t require major effort or going out and buying anything.’ -Stephen Kerber Director, UL FSRI

Closing your bedroom door while you sleep could save your life. Please watch this informative video on how quickly smoke and fire can spread.

To learn more about the Close Before You Doze program, please visit the Underwriters Laboratories’ website at https://closeyourdoor.org/.


Living With Sprinklers Information Sheet

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Fire Safety Planning

make a fire escape planknow two ways out of every room

have a clear path to your exitsmake sure doors and windows aren't blocked by furniture

choose an outside meeting place where firefighters can see yousmoke is poisonous

get out and stay out when your smoke alarm sounds




Fire Extinguisher Training

Central County Fire Department provides complimentary fire extinguisher training to any business or school within Burlingame or Hillsborough or Millbrae. Requests shall be made at least 2 weeks in advance and will only be approved under specific conditions. Please contact us at 650-558-7600 for more information.

Event Request for Public Education (Please select correct event type on the form)

Fire Safety Tip Sheets

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke Alarms

Preparing for the Heating Season

Fire Escape Plan Tips

Cooking Safety Tips

Garage Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tip Sheets – Foreign Language

Cooking Safety – Chinese

Electrical Safety – Chinese

Escape Planning – Chinese

Smoke Alarms – Chinese

Alarmas de Humo

Incendios por la Electricidad

Incendios de la Cocina

Simulacro de Incendio

Safety Tips for Older Adults and Special Needs Population

Safety Tips for People with Disabilities

Senior Fire Safety Tips

Senior Fall Prevention