Fire Prevention

The Mendota Heights Fire Department is dedicated to educating the public about fire safety.

Change Your Clock Change Your Batteries:  The Fire Department encourages residents to "change your clock change your batteries".  When you set your clocks ahead or back for daylight savings time replace the batteries in all your smoke detectors.  Also, test your detectors and review your family's fire escape plan.  These simple precautions can help save lives!  Smoke alarms should be on every level of the home and inside and outside each sleeping area.  Make sure to test and clean them regularly.  When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.  Go to your pre-arranged meeting place. 

Adopt a Hydrant:  Firefighters also ask that residents adopt a hydrant by their home.  This means keeping fire hydrants clear of snow in the winter and free from weeds in the summer.  This makes the fire hydrant more visible to firefighters and saves precious time in case of a fire.

Home Escape Plan:  Have two ways out of each room.  Once you are out, call the fire department.  Know to crawl low to the floor when escaping to avoid smoke.  Know that once you are out, stay out.  Know where to meet after leaving a burning structure.  Call the fire department from a cell phone or from a neighbor's phone. 

Cooking Safety:  Make sure the cooking area is free from items that can catch fire.  Make sure the kitchen stove hood is clean and vented to the outside.  Do not leave pots unattended on the stove. 

Heating safety:   Have the chimney and furnace cleaned and inspected yearly.  Keep furniture and other items that can ignite at least three (3) feet from fireplaces, wall heaters, baseboards and space heaters.  Put fireplace ashes in a covered metal container at least three (3) feet from anything combustible.  Do not use extension cords with space heaters.  

Dryer Safety:  Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.  Clean dryer lint screen before or after every cycle.  Remove lint that has collected around the drum.  Also, check the venting system for lint, and in the winter check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered in snow.  Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is running.  Never leave your house or go to bed with the dryer running.