Fire and Life Safety
The Fire Department's Office of Safety Education provides information to the public about fire prevention and the general operations of the Baltimore County Fire Service.
The Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 1311, makes smoke alarms available to County residents who live in owner-occupied houses, townhomes and condominiums. Baltimore County law requires landlords to install smoke alarms in rental properties.
Smoke alarms are available at all career fire stations. There is a limit of one per family. Please note that the Baltimore County Fire Department recommends more than one smoke alarm in every home. It is also recommended that residents call their local career fire station to ensure availability.
Residents are responsible for installing alarms. For information about how to install, refer to our smoke alarm facts.
Requesting A Speaker For Schools, Businesses or Community Groups
Fire personnel welcome the opportunity to speak to schools and community groups about fire, emergency management and general fire service operations.
Please contact us at least a month in advance of your meeting or event to schedule a speaker. You may call the Safety Education Office at 410-887-3344, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requesting an Engine For Your School or Community Event
Children and adults alike find fire equipment exciting and interesting. Contact us at least a month in advance of your event to request a fire engine by calling 410-887-3344, or email email@example.com.
You may also want to request a literature table, with brochures and other information about fire safety, and emergency preparedness. The engine crew will be able to answer questions about these issues.
Be aware that the engine will remain in service during your event; that means it may leave at any time to respond to a fire or other emergency.
Learning Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) will help you attain a level of confidence necessary to calmly perform life saving procedures. The course includes lessons and hands-on practice on the procedures necessary to save a life. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be mailed a course completion card.
"SAFE Neighborhoods" Program
"SAFE Neighborhoods" is a Fire Department program designed to help communities address and mitigate home emergencies.
The heart of the SAFE Neighborhoods program is a neighborhood walk by public safety personnel. Fire and EMS personnel – and, as the occasion warrants, police and emergency management representatives and members of other relevant agencies – will walk door-to-door through communities, answering questions and providing information.
Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel will provide information about three universal concerns – carbon monoxide, smoke alarms and home emergency planning – on every walk. Please note that Fire Department crews will not perform home safety inspections.
Community association leaders may request a SAFE Neighborhoods walk by calling the Fire Department's Safety Education division at 410-887-3344 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Car Seat Checks
The Baltimore County Police Department, with support from the Fire Department, provides monthly car seat checks. Our car seat resource provides a schedule of these checks, as well as tips for proper installation and information about laws and regulations regarding child safety seats.
Each year, the Fire Department publishes a complete list of legal public fireworks displays for the Fourth of July holiday, updating it as the Fire Marshal approves permits for these events.
Note that fireworks are illegal in Maryland, though some ground-based sparklers are legal. Learn more about fireworks laws and safety concerns.
Fact Sheets About Safety Issues
Emergency Escape Planning
Every business and apartment building should have an emergency evacuation plan. Call the Baltimore County Fire Marshal's Office at 410-887-4880 for guidelines to assist you with the development of your plan. For additional information, visit the U.S. Fire Administration.
For additional information about fire safety and injury prevention, visit these agencies:
- National Fire Protection Association
- U.S. Fire Administration
- Burn Prevention Foundation
- National Safety Council
Revised March 8, 2016
Revised April 6, 2016