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Community Outreach and Education

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 

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 

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.

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.

Aerial fireworks are illegal for home use in Maryland unless part of a display permitted by the Fire Marshal's Office. Many ground-based sparklers—the kind sold at retail stores and kiosks—are legal in Baltimore County. Hand-held sparklers also are legal here. Learn more about fireworks laws and safety concerns.

Fire Prevention and Life Safety Fact Sheets

BCoFD provides a variety of useful fact sheets about important fire and life safety issues, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide, fireworks and charcoal and gas grills. 

You also will find fact sheets 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 July 11, 2019         


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