Home Safety

It is very important to us that you have a safe home environment — after all, that is where you spend a great deal of time! At Arvada Fire, we are here to help you keep yourself, your family, and your community safe. If you need more information on maintaining a fire-free home, please call 303-424-3012 or schedule a home safety visit with us today.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? That's why it is vital to ensure that you are doing all you can to protect your home and those who live there. To start, early warning from a working smoke alarm and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives!

  1. Fire & Safety Preparation
  2. Preventing Fires in Your Home
  3. Fire & Safety Equipment

In the same way that firefighters make pre-plans and practice to hone their skills, you should prepare and practice different exercises to stay safe! Fire is everyone's fight and the first step to safety begins with preparation and minimizing risks in our homes. 

  1. Install and Test Smoke Alarms
    Smoke spreads quickly when there is a fire, but having working smoke alarms provides an early warning and an opportunity to escape safely. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms that have strobe lights and bed shakers. Check the manufacturer's date on the back of the alarm and replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

  2. Create and Practice Your Home Escape Plan
    Your ability to quickly and safely get out of your home during a fire depends on planning! Pull together everyone in your household and make an escape plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes.  Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of their home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Choose an outside meeting place (i.e. neighbor's house, a light post, mailbox, or stop sign) a safe distance in front of your home where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Practice your plan during the day and at night at least twice per year!

  3. Download a Home Fire Safety Checklist
    Download a home fire safety checklist (PDF) to double-check that your home has working equipment, safety plans, and other fire-safe practices. Make sure everyone in your home knows how to prevent fire and what to do in the event of a fire.

  4. Establish a Family Communications Plan
    Creating a family emergency communications plan starts with one question — what if? What if there is a fire? What if there is a natural disaster? These plans ensure that if 'what if' happens, you and your family will know how to reach each other and where to meet.  

  5. Register for Emergency Notifications
    LookoutAlert is the official emergency notification system of Jefferson County and all cities within it, such as the Cities of Arvada and Wheat Ridge. Through LookoutAlert, emergency responders are able to provide emergency and public safety messages to residents. You can receive free emergency alerts via text message, email, and/or voice message after creating a profile and selecting your preference. When every minute matters during an emergency, make sure you are receiving alerts by signing up at lookoutalert.co.