Smoke Alarms

Here's what you need to know!

  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home.
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It is best to use of both types of alarms in the home.
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not workings.

Click on smoke alarms for a convenient flyer you can hang from your refrigerator for a constant reminder to maintain your smoke alarms.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Here's what you need to know!

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel can be sources of carbon monoxide.

  • CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. For the best protection, interconnect all CO alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
  • Choose a CO alarm that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Call your local fire department’s non-emergency number to find out what number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
  • Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If the audible trouble signal sounds, check for low batteries. If the battery is low, replace it. If it still sounds, call the fire department.
  • If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Do not run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor indoors, even if garage doors are open. Make sure the exhaust pipe of a running vehicle is not covered with snow.
  • During and after a snowstorm, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow build-up.
  • A generator should be used in a well-ventilated location outdoors away from windows, doors and vent openings.
  • Gas or charcoal grills can produce CO — only use outside.

Click on CO Detectors for a convenient flyer to hang on your refrigerator for a constant reminder to maintain your carbon monoxide detectors.

Massive Dehumidifier Recall

ALERT: There has been another massive recall on dehumidifiers sold nation wide, most notably at Lowes and Menards.  If you bought your dehumidifier between January of 2003 and December of 2013 please take the time to check online at or toll free at 1-800-600-3055 to see if your unit is under recall. The information you will need in order to check will be the brand, model, and serial number which are all located on the label on the unit.

Recreational Fires

Recreational fires are allowed in the City of Green Bay and the Village of Allouez.  There is always a lot of confusion that surrounds recreational fires and burn bans like we recently had in Brown County.  Local municipalities often have ordinances that specify fire rules and cover things such as recreational fires and the burning of yard waste.   It is very rare that a burn ban includes residential fires as well. When a burn ban is in place for the county, much of what is banned does not apply to cities and villages because of the local ordinances.  In Green Bay and Allouez burning of yard waste is not allowed and a burn ban definitely aims at stopping this.  Here are the requirements for a residential fire in the City of Green Bay.

Distances - In ground fire pit - No less than 25 feet from structures and combustible material. Conditions which could cause the fire to spread within 25 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

Distances - Approved containers (Weber, Coleman, etc. portable fire pits used properly) No less than 15 feet from a structure and combustible materials. Conditions which could cause the fire to spread within 15 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.  Attendance - ALL recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is completely extinguished.

Fire Extinguishing - A minimum of 1 portable fire extinguisher with a min 4-A rating or other approved equipment, such as water barrel, hose, etc. shall be available for immediate use.

When prohibited - Burning that is offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions or when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fires hazardous shall be prohibited.

Extinguishment authority - The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment of any fire that creates or adds to a hazard or objectionable situation.

Penalties / Fines - Any person found to be noncompliant with IFC 307 may be subject to a municipal citation in the amount of no less than $235.00 and no greater than $1306.00

Grilling Safety

As the temperature creeps up, many of us will pull out our grills and start to cook outdoors again.  Here is what the Green Bay City Ordinance states about grilling.  “Charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction.”  This ordinance only applies to apartment buildings with three or more units (including a house that is divided into three or more units).


Here are the important points from the ordinance and other grilling safety tips.


  • All grills (charcoal and propane) must be placed a minimum of 10ft. from any building. The further the better.
  • No grills of any kind are permitted above ground level such as a balcony or deck. If you live on the second or third story of an apartment you must take your grill to ground level.
  • Be mindful of where the smoke from your grill is going. You might have to adjust the location of a grill to please your neighbors depending on the wind conditions.
  • Clean your grill. Grease and other gunk can catch fire inside your grill if you let it build up.
  • Always keep a close eye on your grill when you are cooking. Just because its outside doesn’t mean it’s safe.
  • No grilling indoors or in your garage. (Believe it or not, I have seen people use smaller propane or even charcoal grills in a house!)


Many garage fires have started by a grill that was hastily put in a garage while it was still hot.  Charcoal grills can stay hot enough to start a fire for hours after you are done cooking on them.  Let’s all do our part to keep this grilling season a safe one!

Now Hiring


Fox Valley Technical College creates a list of qualified candidates and facilitates the application process for the following participating fire departments:

Career (Full-Time) Positions:

  • Appleton Fire Department
  • De Pere Fire Rescue
  • Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue
  • Grand Chute Fire Department
  • Green Bay Metro Fire Department
  • Manitowoc Fire Department
  • Neenah/Menasha Fire Rescue
  • Oshkosh Fire Department
  • Sheboygan Fire Department
  • Two Rivers Fire Department
  • West Bend Fire Department

Part-Time Positions:

  • De Pere Fire Rescue Paid On-Call General
  • De Pere Fire Rescue Paid On-Call EMS Only
  • Grand Chute Fire Department Paid On-Call Premise
  • Two Rivers Fire Department Paid On-Call

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