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Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Melissa Burgess
980-314-3070

County Fire Marshal Safety and Education

Fire Safety Tip of the Month:  Heating Safety Tips

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There is something about the winter months and curling up with a good book by the fireplace.  But did you know that heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths?  With a few simple safety tips and precautions you can prevent most heating fires from happening.

FACT:  Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February!

BE WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER!

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  • Have  a three-foot "kid-free zone" around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Hava a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters, or cental heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer's instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.  Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.


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PDFNFPA Grilling Safety
Evacuation Handout
Smoke Detector Replacement Check
Heating Safety

 

 

HAVE QUESTIONS? Call our Fire & Life Safety Educator at 1-980-314-3074​ for answers.

The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office has three certified Fire & Life Safety Educators to instruct fire prevention and general life safety.  Our educators provide this service to the towns of Mecklenburg County and its citizens

Our educators provide education and instruction to the following groups:

  • Educational Facilities (Public and Private)
  • Day Care Facilities
  • Children's Summer Camps
  • Safety Town
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Businesses
  • General Industry
  • Others on request


Our certified Fire & Life Safety Educators provide students, teachers, community members, employers and employees with important information, techniques and resources to reduce fire related injuries and help mitigate risks to life, property and the environment.

Our program for 3rd graders is one of our largest outreach programs. It reaches all 3rd grade classrooms in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School system. We also offer the same program to all private schools in Mecklenburg County. 

Safety Town 6 Safety Town 1 Fire Extinguisher Training 

Our training programs focus on one or all of the following core objectives:

  • Fire Safety for the Elementary Student
    • Get Out and Stay Out
    • Calling 9-1-1
    • Family Escape Plan and Meeting Place
    • Remembering Your Address
    • Matches and Lighters
  • Checking Smoke Alarms Monthly
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Fire Safety for the Elderly
  • Means of Egress Awareness
  • Live Fire Extinguisher Training
    FMO PASS
  • Fire Drill Evacuations
  • Different Classes of Fire
  • Composition of Fire


The goal of the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office and its Fire & Life Safety Educators is to provide enjoyable and knowledgeable educational programs based on real-life scenarios in regards to fire and life safety.  By doing this we help make Mecklenburg County a safe place to live, work and visit.

For any questions about any Fire & Life Safety Programs offered by the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal's Office contact Assistant Fire Marshal Karrie Heller at 1-980-314-3074​.

If you are located within the City of Charlotte, please call the Charlotte Fire Department Fire and Life Safety Education Department at ​1-704-336-3970 to speak with one of their educators.

Address

Office Location:


2145 Suttle Avenue
Charlotte,
NC 28208

MAP

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Melissa Burgess
980-314-3070