Committed to the Well Being of the South Placer Community.
Greetings and welcome to the South Placer Fire Districts Prevention Division. Normal operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m. As a focal point in today’s fire service efforts to minimize fire losses in its community, the Prevention Division plays a key role in improving the safety and quality of life of the citizens it serves. Activities of the Prevention Division include business safety inspections, community safety education; plan checking, code enforcement inspections and code enforcement, post fire activities and fire investigation. Please feel free in contacting the Fire Marshal with any fire safe questions that may arise. (916-791-7059)
Fire regulations in the early years primarily affected the construction, height, and maintenance of chimneys. The carrying of hot coals from fireplaces to fireplace was also a constant source of large blazes. Wooden building construction aggravated the situation.
Arson was a problem then as now. A rash of arson fires prompted
Besides inspections of chimneys, fire wardens also preformed fire watch duties in many cities. Patrolling the streets at night, they would use large “rattles” to summons assistance and notify the city of a fire.
Even when rudimentary fire apparatus was introduced in major
These conflagrations were the impetus for the fire service to begin to take an active role in fire prevention activities. The National Association of Fire Engineers (later to become the International Association of Fire Chief) during its first annual meeting in 1873 developed a list of fire safety concerns:
It is interesting that many of the recommendations outlined above were the basis for a number of our current fire and building code requirements.
Seasonal Safety Reminder
KEEP WOOD BURNING FIREPLACES CLEAN
What is creosote? The combustion process when wood is burned is never complete. The smoke from a wood fire usually contains a dark brown or black substance which has an unpleasant odor. This tar-like substance is called creosote and is found almost anywhere in a wood heating system. Creosote is more of a problem with wood stoves than fireplaces since the exhaust gases from stoves are cooler than those from fireplaces.
Be Prepared for a Chimney Fire: No wood burning system is 100% safe and fire-proof. A safe installation and extra care help prevent fire, but accept the idea that there could be a fire, and be prepared to handle it. Chimney fires are most likely to occur during a very hot fire, as when cardboard or Christmas tree branches are burned or even when a stove burns normal wood but at a higher than normal rate.
Make certain everyone in the house is familiar with the warning signs of a chimney fire – sucking sounds, a loud roar and shaking pipes. Instruct everyone on what to do in case of a fire. Practice fire drills and instruct all adults on how and when to use a fire extinguisher.
If You Have a Chimney Fire:
Call 911 immediately having the fire department
If all the stove pipe joints are tight and no other
appliance is connected to the same flue, close all openings and draft controls
if you have an air-tight stove. Close the stove pipe damper in a non-air-tight
If you have a leaky stove or fireplace you may have to
wait for the fire to burn out.
Get everyone out of the house, and put them to work
watching for sparks or signs of fire on the roof or nearby. One adult should
stay in the house to check the attic and upper floors for signs of fire.
Discharge a class ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher
or throw baking soda to the stove or fireplace if the chimney is not sound or
there is a danger of the house or surroundings catching on fire. The chemical
travels up the chimney and often extinguishes the flame.
Throwing water in a stove will cause the metal to
warp, but if it’s a choice between the house or the stove, use water.
g) REMEMBER: If a chimney fire occurs once, chances are it will occur again.
Chimneys needs to be cleaned to remove creosote and soot deposits. This will prevent chimney fires and improve draft.
Bob Richardson, Fire Marshal
South Placer Fire District
21 years of combined service as a Navy fire fighting instructor and civilian fire service. Local resident since 1962.
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6900 Eureka Road, Granite Bay, CA 95746