Upper Makefield Township

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The Fire Marshal’s Office is responsible for investigating the origin and cause of all fires in the Township. The Fire Marshal is also the Chief Fire Code Officer for the township and responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of all adopted fire safety codes, as well as the coordination and activities associated with fire prevention.

Webinar Presenting Changes to 2014 NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators

This two-hour webinar will present  changes to the 2014 edition of the NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators.  This Standard outlines the qualifications of a fire investigator, the requisite knowledge and the required tasks to be performed.  There are important changes to this Standard that every investigator should know.  This critical class will be presented by Randy Watson, IAAI-CFI-CFEI.  Randy is the Chairman of the NFPA 921 Committee and a member of the NFPA 1033 Committee.  He has over 37 years of experience in fire investigation in both the public and private sectors.  Randy will provide his insights into 1033 based on  his involvement in the development of the document. The webinar will be hosted by Upper Makefield Township Fire Marshal John C. Kernan on May 6, 2014 and will be held at the Township Building, 1076 Eagle Road, Newtown, PA  18940 beginning at 10 am.  To register, please call Viki at 215-968-3340.  Click here to download a copy of the presentation.

Discuss Home Fire Safety as a Family

All residents are encouraged to set aside a few minutes to discuss home fire safety as a family. Fire is indiscriminant and can occur in any home. If a heat source comes in contact with combustibles with sufficient oxygen to generate a chemical reaction, combustion will occur, resulting in fire.

Fires moves extremely fast, and current statistics indicate that once a fire has started in your home, you may have less than 3 minutes to escape! There is no time for confusion or hesitation. Families should develop escape plans, answer all questions, and then practice the plan.

Install Plenty of Smoke Alarms

Once a fire has started in your home, the very first indication may be the sound of your smoke alarms – but they must be in working order and properly placed. Smoke follows the path of least resistance, so smoke alarms need to be mounted on ceilings and not on walls. Smoke alarms are required in all homes in Upper Makefield Township, and new homes are required to have hard-wired (electrically wired) smoke alarms with battery back-up systems. The minimum requirement is one on each level of the home and in hallways adjacent to bedrooms - but the fire marshal strongly recommends installation in attics, crawl spaces, garages, heater rooms, laundry areas, and anywhere there is a heat source. Smoke alarms are now inexpensive and they are often your first line warning of a fire.  You may want to consider upgrading to battery powered wireless smoke detectors, which transmit to each wireless detector located within 200 feet as soon as smoke is detected.

Fire Marshal Here to Answer Questions

If you have any fire safety questions, be sure to contact the Fire Marshal, John C. Kernan, at 215-968-2868 or jckfm272@aol.com.