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

It’s Fire Prevention Week!

It's time for Fire Prevention Week, and from October 6-12 the Green Bay Metro Fire Department is joining forces with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to remind local residents to ‘Prevent Kitchen Fires.' During this year's fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the dangers of kitchen fires--most of which result from unattended cooking—and teaching local residents how to prevent kitchen fires from starting in the first place.

According to the latest NFPA research, cooking is the leading cause of home fires. Two of every five home fires begin in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home. Cooking fires are also the leading cause of home fire-related injuries.

Among the safety tips that firefighters and safety advocates will be emphasizing:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling food.
  • If you must leave the room, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • When you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, stay in the home, and use a timer to remind you.
  • If you have young children, use the stove’s back burners whenever possible. Keep children and pets at least three away from the stove.
  • When you cook, wear clothing with tight-fitting sleeves.
  • Keep potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper and plastic bags, towels, and anything else that can burn, away from your stovetop.
  • Clean up food and grease from burners and stovetops.

Fire Prevention Week is actively supported by fire departments across the country. Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

Stay safe in the hot weather!

High Temperatures Can Cause Injuries and Death


Green Bay, WI July 20, 2016—The Green Bay Metro Fire Department is urging residents to stay out of the hot humid temperatures if at all possible.  Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can begin to take a toll on people, especially the elderly.  Tips to “beat the heat” are:


  • Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.  No alcohol or caffeine.
  • Get some Popsicles® and/or ice chips.
  • If your home is not air conditioned, go somewhere that is or go into the basement.
  • Don’t go outside during the hottest part of the day, which is usually from 3-5pm.
  • Limit your activity.
  • Pay special attention to infants and elderly family members.  They do not have the same thermoregulation as the general population.
  • Never leave children, elderly, or pets in vehicles during this hot weather (even with the windows down).


Common heat illnesses are:


  • Heat Cramps- are muscle contractions and usually affect the abdomen, calves, thighs, and shoulders.  They are usually experienced during or immediately following vigorous exercise or work in a hot environment.  Heat cramps can usually be treated by moving to a cooler area (shade) and drinking lots of fluids.
  • Heat Exhaustion- is a result of excessive heat and dehydration.  Signs of heat exhaustion are an elevated body temperature, nausea, paleness, rapid heartbeat, and cold moist sweaty skin. Move the person to a cool area promptly and give them cold fluids (always non-alcoholic) to drink. Use cold compresses, especially to the neck and head.
  • Heat stroke- is a life threatening condition if left untreated and in many cases follows heat exhaustion.  It is caused by the body's inability to sweat, while continuing to overheat.  Signs of heat stroke are hot, dry skin with no sweat, confusion, throbbing headache, rapid heartbeat and/or unconsciousness. Get emergency help immediately. Until help arrives, cool the person down rapidly with ice packs, garden hose, wet sheet, etc.  The quicker you get them cooled down, the better.


Grilling Season

Grilling season is finally here!  Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe.