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Fire and Life Safety

Educating the public about fire prevention and life safety is an important goal of the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Our Smoke and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarm Education Program provides personalized information to residents about how to protect their homes from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. The program targets residents in neighborhoods at higher risk from fire and CO incidents but is available to everyone.

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

Requesting an Engine for Your School or Community Event

Children and adults 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 emailing

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.

CPR Training

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 Emergency Medical Services (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 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

Car Seat Checks

The Baltimore County Police Department, with support from the Fire Department, provides monthly car seat checks. Get tips on proper car seat 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

Find fact sheets about fire and life safety issues, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, fireworks and charcoal and gas grills. 

You also will find facts on seasonal safety issues including the laws prohibiting swimming in reservoirs and why you should stay off icy ponds in winter.

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.

Additional Resources

For additional information about fire safety and injury prevention, visit these agencies:

Revised April 4, 2019         


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