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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.
Recent research indicates that modern house fires burn much faster that they did a few decades ago. Lightweight construction materials for homes and furnishings are much more volatile and fast-burning and fires can cause fires to burn even 8 times faster than they did before hardwoods were replaced with synthetics and non-hardwood. This highlights the importance of smoke detectors and exit plans! Read more by clicking here and find links to information about smoke detectors, fires escape plans and fire safety on this page.
Did you know that over 6,500 garage fires reported annually in the United States? Over the years, residential garages have become more than just a safe place to keep vehicles out of the elements. They are now expanded storage areas for many household items--many which are combustible. Read the Garage Fire Safety Tips for the best practices to keep yourself and your family safe.
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 email@example.com.
John C. Kernan, Chief Fire Marshal FM-272
CFI, FIT, CFEI & CFII and GIFireE