Fire Prevention Bureau



Fire Protection District

To schedule a home fire inspection

or

if you have any questions regarding fire safety,

contact the

Hampshire Fire Department

at 847-683-2629.


Hampshire Fire Department has a free residential smoke and carbon monoxide detector inspection program.


Contact the fire department if you need assistance with testing or maintaining your detectors.

Fire Safety for Residences


To keep your family safe, the Hampshire Fire Department provides the following information, please review the information and conduct an inspection of your home:


House Numbers / unit number / unit letter


Firefighters, Paramedics or Police Officers may need to find your home quickly should an emergency occur. It is important that your address and unit number / letter is posted and is easily seen. The numbers should be a minimum of 4” high and can be seen at night. If your home or business is set back from the road, post your address at the entrance of your driveway.


Smoke Detectors


Be sure each level of the home has at least one smoke detector. Place them near bedrooms and sleeping areas, and in the basement. Be sure to test your smoke detectors at least once a month and replace the batteries twice a year. (When you change the clocks, change your smoke detector batteries) Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years or as recommended by the manufacturer. Electric powered smoke detectors should have a battery as back up, be sure to replace the batteries twice a year and test them monthly. Electric (hard wired) smoke detectors are required in all homes built after January 1st 1988.


Carbon Monoxide Detectors


All dwelling units are required to have a carbon monoxide alarm in operating condition within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, deadly gas that causes hundreds of deaths and illnesses annually. If your carbon monoxide detector goes off, immediately leave the home and call 9-1-1.


Escape Plan


When a fire breaks out, there is no time for planning. Be sure to make a fire escape plan with your family. Draw a floor plan of your home showing two ways out of every room. Have a meeting place outside the home where every member of the household will gather to assure everyone is accounted for. Discuss and practice the plan with all members of the home. Remember to crawl low under smoke; don’t delay your escape for pets or possessions. Once you are out of the home, STAY OUT!


Fire Extinguishers


Every home should have at least one multi-purpose fire extinguisher. Multi-purpose fire extinguishers can be used on the following types of fires; wood, paper, grease, flammable liquids and electrical. Fire extinguishers are capable of putting out or holding back a small fire before firefighters arrive.


Before using a fire extinguisher, remember the following:

  1. Have the building evacuated
  2. Contact the fire department - 911
  3. Is the fire small and contained to one area and not spreading?
  4. Is there an escape route clear and at your back?
  5. Do you know how to operate the extinguisher?
  6. Is the room clear of smoke?


To use the extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

       Pull the pin

       Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire stand 6’ to 10’ away

       Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher agent

       Sweep back and forth until flames are extinguished If the fire does not respond within seconds, leave immediately!