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Fire Prevention
Fire Prevention Tips

Fire can happen to anyone, and at any time. Should a fire occur in your home, knowing the following items can make the difference in surviving the fire or not.

  • Have working smoke detectors on each level of your home, and change the batteries twice a year.
  • When you change your clock, change your battery.
  • Have a home escape plan that the entire family knows. This includes having two ways out of each room in the house or apartment, and then going to a pre-determined meeting place to account for all of the occupants.
  • Always sleep with bedroom doors closed. A closed door, such as one in the bedroom, can keep fire back for 10 - 15 minutes. This can eliminate the need to exit from a bedroom window, unless conditions in the room make staying there dangerous. A solid core door, such as between the garage and the house, can hold fire back for about one hour.
  • Have a multi-purpose (ABC type) fire extinguisher, and know how to use it.
  • When using any heat-producing device such as a stove, grill, or fireplace, never leave it unattended. Something unexpected can always happen. Always make sure that ashes are cold before throwing them out.
  • If you allow smoking in your house, have many deep ashtrays available. Before going to bed, check the chair and sofa cushions for any ashes that might have fallen and may still be burning. Run water over any ashes before throwing them out.
  • When using candles, never leave them unattended, and make sure that they are stored in such a manner so as to reduce the likelihood of them tipping over.
  • Consider a video surveillance system. If something does happen, these systems could capture the offender on video, and assist police in solving the crime.
  • Keep exterior lights in working order and lit during the evening hours. Lights with motion sensors are a great way to keep the perimeter of your home well lit.
  • Make sure your yard is tended to and kept neat, even when out of town. Don't leave yard refuse or yard waste bags on the outside of the home; keep them in the garage or in a locked shed. Do not store firewood along the structure of the home. Keep it inside a locked shed or inside the garage.
  • Be a good neighbor. Get to know your neighbors on either side and across the street from your home. Good neighbors will watch out for your home and can report suspicious activity to the police.
  • If you see anything suspicious in your neighborhood, you can call 911 and alert police.
  • If completing any home renovation projects and a commercial dumpster will be necessary, make sure the dumpster is not placed too close to the home, and try to have the debris placed so as not to be easily visible over the top of the dumpster, if at all possible.
  • Park your vehicles in the garage if at all possible.

Accidents do happen. Have an inventory of all of your possessions, room by room, (including photographs) listing the date purchased and cost. This will be vital for any insurance settlement. If you are a renter, consider getting renter's insurance. It is a small investment for the many possessions that you have acquired.

If you would like the Roselle Fire Department to do a free home safety survey to locate potential problems, assist you in developing an escape plan, or in locating correct smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector locations, call us at (630) 671-2842.

Fire Alarm System Inspections
Fire alarm systems must be inspected and tested upon final installation and also prior to occupancy.

Requirements for Business License Applicants
Prior to occupancy being granted, the following shall in in compliance at the building leased:
  • You must provide at least on 5lb. ABC fire extinguisher at your tenant space (exact number of extinguishers to be determined by the square footage of the occupancy). All extinguishers must be wall mounted and identified
  • All emergency lights and exit lights must be fully functional and working.
  • Ground fault interrupter circuits must be installed within 5ft. of all wet locations i.e. kitchen sink, restroom sink, utility tub, etc.
  • There shall be no circuit breaker openings in the electrical panel. Blanks shall be installed in all unused openings.
  • Only push paddle or thumb turn locks are acceptable on inside door locks. Inside key locks are not allowed.

Fire Alarm System Plan Review
Plans for each fire alarm system must be submitted to the Roselle Fire Department.
Mail plans to:
Attn: Fire Prevention Bureau
100 E. Maple Avenue
Roselle, IL 60172

Fire Prevention Bureau Schedule of Fees

Fire Protection System
Plans for each fire protection system must be submitted for review purposes to: 
Roselle Fire Department
100 E. Maple Avenue
Roselle, IL 60172

Please note that some plans may be sent out for an independent review.

Fire Suppression Sprinkler Requirements
For additional information on fire suppression sprinkler requirements, please see the fire suppression sprinkler FAQ.

Fire Lanes
The design and location of fire lanes shall be according to standards set by the Department of Public Works and Fire Department.

Fuel Tanks
All permits for below and above ground fuel tank installation or renewal shall go through the office of the State Fire Marshal Petroleum Division.

Final approval will be granted by the Village of Roselle Fire Department.

Fire Alarm Monitors
Signals are received by the Roselle Police Department dispatch center via wireless radio.

Contact NORCOMM Communication at (630) 530-2991 for details.

Fire Department Key Lock Box
To facilitate Fire Department entry to a building, a Fire Department key lock box shall be provided adjacent to a doorway.  Both the model and type and location are to be approved by the Fire Department.

All keys placed in the lock box shall be tagged for property identification.

Open Burning
If you live in the Village of Roselle or Roselle Fire Protection District open burning is prohibited, except where an approved container is used. Fire pits are allowed as long as they are used in compliance with Roselle's open burning /fire pit rules and regulations.

For more information please call the Fire Prevention Office, Fire Marshal Bob Morris at (630) 671-2842.

Village Of Roselle       31 S. Prospect Street       Roselle, IL 60172       Ph: (630) 980-2000