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.



Summer Fire Safety Tips


  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should be used outdoors only
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet from the grill area
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease buildup
  • Never leave your grill unattended
  • Always make sure your gas grill lid is open before lighting it


  • Keep outdoor debris or dead vegetation away from the house 
  • Clean your garage of stored newspapers or other rubbish that can fuel a fire
  • Test your smoke alarms regularly – put it on your to-do list TODAY! For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/3Ma32R5
  • To help prevent nuisance alarms, gently vacuum your smoke alarm every six months or as needed 
  • Change batteries in smoke alarms, flashlights and carbon monoxide detectors 
    • Never borrow smoke alarm batteries to use for toys or other equipment
  • Replace all smoke alarms every 10 years or as recommended by the manufacturer 
  • Properly dispose of oily or greasy rags. If these items must be stored, they should be kept in labeled, sealed, metal containers 
  • If you store gasoline, keep it outside your home in a shed or detached garage. Keep only small quantities in tightly sealed containers. Use gasoline only as a motor fuel – never as a cleaning agent 

Source: United States Fire Administration (USFA) – www.usfa.fema.gov



Sign up for Spare the Air Alerts

Spare the Air was created in 1991 by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to alert residents when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy and to share information on ways to reduce air pollution.

From easy, everyday tools—such as commute tips—and air quality resources, such as explanations of major air pollutant sources and their health effects, Spare the Air focuses on educating and helping residents choose actions that will improve air quality and make the Bay Area a healthier, more enjoyable place to live.

Spare the Air encompasses seven full Bay Area counties as well as half of Solano and Sonoma counties. Counties are organized into five reporting zones, with the Air Quality Forecast Map showing the air quality forecast for the region. Sign up for alerts here.



Monthly Fire Safety Newsletter:





September 2023



Fire is Everyone’s Fight

Fire Won’t Wait, Plan Your Escape!

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


Your ability to get out of a home during a fire depends on early warning from smoke alarms and advance planning. Do *you* have a fire escape plan?

Big thanks to Engine 32-B: Captain Bunnell, Firefighter/Paramedic Eversole, and Firefighter Houser 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.

Request CCFD for an Event (Public Education) (Please select appropriate 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