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.
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.
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.
If you have any fire safety questions, be sure to contact the Fire Marshal, John C. Kernan, at 215-968-2868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.