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Fire Safety Education Program

The Englewood Fire Department provides safety education programs to our citizens throughout the year, but especially during October, which has been designated Fire Safety Education Month. While all Divisions of the Department, Fire Suppression, EMS, and Fire Prevention can deliver education programs to our citizens, The Fire Prevention Bureau coordinates the department’s Public Education program. 

Effective public education needs to cover a variety of disciplines for a variety of age groups. However, most of our endeavors focus on the groups most at-risk, and where the message is more likely to have a positive impact. Studies have proven that these groups are elementary and middle school-aged children. In 2008, we were able to educate over 2200 students on various fire safety tips and techniques. Early intervention and repetition in educating children is proven to be the most effective method in establishing a life-long memory of proper fire safety practices. To accomplish this training, our committed staff members and emergency responders utilize various tools and techniques. We use various props and media when delivering programs, as they aid in reinforcing the lessons we hope to pass on, these include a remotely-controlled, talking fire dog robot, a mobile Fire Safety Smoke House, shared between Teaneck and Englewood, and print media, educational coloring books and handouts. We have hand-outs in English, Spanish and Korean (Hangul), as well as the ability to provide limited documents in other languages. We also have bi-lingual members on staff who can deliver programs in the native tongue of some of our citizens. The core area of our education programs is the importance of practicing fire safety in the home on a daily basis. Other services we provide include our “Visit the Neighborhood” program during which our members can bring the message of Fire Safety directly to the various Englewood Neighborhoods during block parties, and street festivals, Fire Safety Education programs targeted to the sometimes unique needs of our Senior Citizens, and a Summer Youth Fire Academy Day Camp program. Upon special request, for a nominal fee, Fire Brigade training can be provided for commercial and industrial facilities located within the city. 

In addition to formal programs above, tours of Firehouse, to meet your Firefighters or see our apparatus, are always welcome. Drop-in visits are allowed between the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, but we request that groups/parties larger than 10 call at least two weeks in advance so we may ensure that we will have adequate materials and personnel available for your group. Please remember that this is a working facility, personnel may be out of the building, or if in quarters, your tour guides, at any time during your visit, may be required to respond to an emergency call.  To ensure your safety, and that of your group, if present when an alarm is received, please follow their instructions carefully!

Our ultimate concern, and goal, is the preservation of life and we recognize that education, in a low-pressure environment, is a key factor in helping to achieve that goal. If you, or your group, have special needs, please let us know and we will do our best to meet your requirement. Contact Mrs. Jessie Coward, Chief's Secretary and Education Program Outreach Coordinator at 201-871-6694 or submit a Service Request through the QAlert Citizen Service Request System (CSRS) located on the City of Englewood home page. 

We look forward to hearing from you!


A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.


There are many different brands of smoke alarms available on the market, but they fall under two basic types:ionization and photoelectric.

It cannot be stated definitively that one is better than the other in every fire situation that could arise in a residence. Because both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms are better at detecting distinctly different, yet potentially fatal fires, and because no one can predict what type of fire might start in a home, the USFA recommends that every residence and place where people sleep be equipped with:

  • Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms, OR
  • Dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors

In addition to the basic types of alarms, there are alarms made to meet the needs of people with hearing disabilities. These alarms may use strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to assist in alerting those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound.


Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

Since smoke and many deadly gases rise, installing your smoke alarms at the proper level will provide you with the earliest warning possible. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions.


Is your smoke alarm still working? Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all.

A smoke alarm only works when it is properly installed and maintained. Depending on how your smoke alarm is powered (9-volt, 10-year lithium, or hardwired), you’ll have to maintain it according to manufacturer’s instructions. General guidelines for smoke alarm maintenance:

Smoke alarm powered by a 9-volt battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Replace the batteries at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

Smoke alarm powered by a 10-year lithium (or “long life”) battery

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • Since you cannot (and should not) replace the lithium battery, the entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Smoke alarm that is hardwired into the home’s electrical system

  • Test the alarm monthly.
  • The backup battery should be replaced at least once per year.
  • The entire smoke alarm unit should be replaced every 8-10 years.

To help you determine if your system needs replacing, please refer to the graphics below: