Fire Prevention

The best way to practice fire safety is through proactive fire prevention efforts. After all, you don’t have to escape a fire if one never starts! Fires start for all sorts of reasons – many people don’t stop to think about all of the potential fire hazards right in their own homes.

For your safety, we’ve provided a list of common fire hazards and helpful fire prevention tips below:

  • Smoke alarms – Probably the best things you can do to prevent an uncontrollable fire is to install and maintain smoke alarms all over your home. Make sure to test and change batteries frequently! A smoke alarm can alarm you before a fire gets too big or provide you with enough warning to leave the house in time.
  • Don’t smoke in bed – In fact, don’t smoke at all! If they don’t kill you long-term, cigarettes can smolder when dropped on furniture or carpets and cause fires.
  • Turn off portable heaters / blankets – This one is especially valid in Pennsylvania winters. If you’re leaving the room for more than a few minutes, turn off any space heaters or electric blankets. They can heat up excessively if left unattended.
  • Keep flammables at least 3 ft. from anything that heats up – That goes for stovetops, candles, space heaters, curling irons, or anything else you may have in your home that generates heat. Many common flammable chemicals come in compressed, canned form and can explode if exposed to excessive heat – even without a flame!
  • Be careful with candles – Make sure to keep them away from paper, carpets, towels, or anything else flammable. Make sure you extinguish them if you won’t be around to watch them.
  • Watch your electronics – Don’t use anything with a frayed or taped power cord. It can cause electricity to arc and start a fire or electrocute you! The cords to most electronics can be replaced at your local electronics / appliance dealer for much cheaper than replacing your house when it sets ablaze because you couldn’t say goodbye to the mostly-electrical-tape extension cord.
  • Home oxygen – If you or anyone in your household uses a home oxygen tank, be extremely careful! You are probably already familiar with the dangers of pure oxygen, but make sure to check the equipment for any failures or defects frequently!

For more safety and prevention tips, check out some of the links below! Also be sure to view our fire safety page for more helpful tips.

KNOX-BOX® Emergency Access System

KNOX-BOX® access provides faster emergency response without forced entry damage.

Fire Departments across the country use the Knox® System to prevent costly forced entry damage while protecting lives
and property.

Knox key boxes, vaults and cabinets hold building entrance keys, electronic access cards and vital emergency
information.

For more information on the KNOX-BOX® emergency access system, check out the KNOX-BOX® page on the Hempfield Township site.

Fire and Life Safety Inspections

The fire and life safety inspection program was created in 2015 by ordinance of the Township of Hempfield. The goal of the program is to have every commercial building in Hempfield Township be free of fire hazards and to ensure compliance with the Hempfield Township Fire Prevention Code. The Township Code Enforcement Office and our third party inspection service, Commonwealth Enforcement Agency, administers this fire prevention code and life safety code.

Who will conduct the fire inspection?

Commonwealth Enforcement Agency will conduct the inspection of your facility. They may be assisted by members of the Hempfield Township Code Enforcement Office. The contact information for Commonwealth Enforcement Agency is:

Commonwealth Enforcement Agency
1633 State Route 51
Jefferson Hills, PA 15205
1-866-410-4952

When will the fire inspector show up?

The fire inspector will not announce when he/she is coming, and the frequency of inspection is based on the type of facility. Some facilities are inspected once a year with some being inspected every three years.

What types of buildings are required to be inspected?

All commercial properties in Hempfield Township will be inspected on an annual or tri-annual basis. The frequency of the facilities inspection will be determined by its occupancy classification found in the 2009 International Building Code.

For more information, check out the full Hempfield Fire Brochure and Hempfield Fire and Safety Inspections info sheet.

External Safety Resources

The group meets twice monthly and welcomes feedback.

Please complete the following information for all Bureau of Fire maintenance & supply requests.