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

  • ALL fireworks are illegal and punishable by fine in Burlingame, Hillsborough & Millbrae. If you want to see fireworks, go to a public show
  • Keep a close eye on children at events with fireworks
  • 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
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly



Monthly Fire Safety Newsletter:





September 2021



Fire is Everyone’s Fight

CCFD Serves up Fire Safety in the Kitchen

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

Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires, with approximately two-thirds of cooking fires starting from the ignition of food or other cooking materials.

Safety Tips:

  • Keep a close eye on what you’re cooking; never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — at least three feet away from your stovetop.
  • Always keep a lid close by in case a grease fire starts when frying, so that you can slide the lid over the pan and smother the flame
  • Be on alert. If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

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 name 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