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District 2  provides the residents and businesses of Monroe Township with a comprehensive fire prevention program.  This website can answer questions and provide resources for the most common issues related to fire safety. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the Bureau of Fire Prevention at 609.395.6830.


Every year, the majority of fire deaths in North America happen at home. United States fire departments responded to an estimated 1,319,500 fires in 2017. These fires resulted in 3,400 civilian fire fatalities, 14,670 civilian fire injuries, and an estimated $23 billion in direct property loss (this figure includes a $10 billion loss in Northern California wildfires). There was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 34 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 36 minutes in 2017. Home fires caused 2,630, or 77%, of the civilian fire deaths. Fires accounted for four percent of the 34,683,500 total calls. 

Today’s home fires burn faster than ever. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.

Have a Plan

Home fire escape planning and drills are an essential part of fire safety. A home fire escape plan needs to be developed and practiced before a fire strikes.

A home escape plan should include the following:

  • Two exits from every room in the home – usually a door and a window

  • Properly installed and working smoke alarms

  • A meeting place outside and in front of the home, where everyone will meet after they exit

  • A call to 9-1-1or the local emergency number from a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone


Smoke Alarms

  • Smoke alarms detect and alert people to a fire in the early stages. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire.

  • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

  • Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room if possible, outside each separate sleeping area, and

    on every level of the home, including the basement.

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.

  • Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows

    how to respond.



  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food.

  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly and stay in the home.

  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.



  • Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires during the winter months.

  • Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating

    equipment fires.

  • All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from

    heating equipment.

  • Have a 3-foot (1-meter) “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.

  • Purchase and use only portable space heaters listed by a qualified testing laboratory.

  • Have a qualified professional install heating equipment.

  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected by a

    qualified professional.

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