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The Office of the Fire Marshal presents life saving information which also includes Fire Safety. Presentations include but not limited to Pre Fire Planning, Fire Drills, Safe exits way out (TWO), Meeting Places, (Once Out-Stay Out), Working Smoke Detectors (one on every floor including the basement). Keeping matches & lighters out of the reach of Minors, Heating equipment Safety (space heaters, Kerosene, portable etc.) and other issues that may arise.

  • Fire Safety for Seniors in the high-rise (HABC)
  • Inspector Detector In Elementary Schools (SAFE KIDS) grades K-3.
  • Community requested Fire Safety Presentations (Neighborhood Associations)
  • Senior Center Fire Safety Presentations (REC& Parks)
  • Church organizations
  • Career Day Events For Local Middle and High Schools
  • Business Fire safety Presentations
  • Mobile Safety Center
  • High-rise Fire Safety for Residents
  • Head Start Fire Safety for Preschools
  • Daycare Home And Centers Fire Safety Presentations
  • Presentations conducted by a Member /or Members of Pub-Ed with sometimes support of Suppression Companies.


If you are aware of an individuals between 2 and 17 years of age, who is exhibiting unsafe fire behaviors, you should refer them to the Baltimore City Fire Department. You may do so by contacting Fire Inspector Derrick Ready or Fire Inspector Eugene Jones at (410) 396-5690 or you download the Juvenile Fire Setter Referral Form and fax it to (410) 752-1685

Download Juvenile Fire Setter Referral Form

Firemen doing training

Fire Safety Camp

Each year the Office of the Fire Marshal sponsors a Fire Safety Camp, which is designed to have participants interact with fire department members and learn about fire safety. Professionals are brought in to deter participants from playing with fire and to stress the importance of fire safety. Participants must have not had incidences of unsafe behaviors within the last six months

Take the Junior Fire Marshal test from the United States Fire Administration Kid Page

Home Fire Safety Tips

Each year fire claims the lives of 3,500 Americans, injures 20,000, and causes billions of dollars worth of damage. People living in rural areas are more than twice as likely to die in a fire than those living in mid-sized cities or suburban areas. The misuse of wood stoves, portable space heaters and kerosene heaters are especially common risks in rural areas.

The Baltimore City Fire Department believes rural and urban fire problems can be reduced by teaching people to recognize the hazards. By following some of the outlined precautionary steps, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty.

Electric Space Heaters

Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.

Kerosene Heaters

Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community. Never fill your heater with gasoline or camp stove fuel; both flare-up easily. Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene. Never overfill any portable heater. Use the kerosene heater in a well ventilated room. REMINDER – KEROSENE HEATERS ARE ILLEGAL IN THE CITY OF BALTIMORE AND CAN BE CONFISCATED BY FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS.


Fireplaces regularly build up creosote in their chimneys. They need to be cleaned out frequently and chimneys should be inspected for obstructions and cracks to prevent deadly chimney and roof fires. Check to make sure the damper is open before starting any fire. Never burn trash, paper or green wood in your fireplace. These materials cause heavy creosote buildup and are difficult to control. Use a screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. Don't wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed. Store cooled ashes in a tightly sealed metal container outside the home.

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.

The listed information has been provided by the USFA.


Baltimore City Fire Department
401 E. Fayette Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396 – 5680
Office of the Fire Marshal
Permits, Inspections, Fire Reports
(410) 396 – 5752
Emergency Medical Services
Ambulance Billing Department
(410) 545 – 1600
Human Resources
(410) 396 – 3095