- No. Barbeque grills may not be used on above ground balconies. They are also prohibited on ground floor patios adjacent to or within 15 feet of any unit in a building that has two or more vertically stacked residential units. In addition, propane should never be stored in a building or confined space.
- No. However the department operates a staffed station (duty crew) program from one of its three fire stations with firefighters at the station from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Coverage during non-staffed station hours of operation is accomplished through a traditional page-out system.
Yes, provided that certain requirements are met. Please use caution and follow the requirements below.
- The fire must be contained in an area of no more than three foot in diameter and completely surrounded by non-combustible and non-smoke or odor producing materials, such as brick, rock or cement.
- The fire must be at least 25 feet from any structure.
- Combustibles or flammable liquids may not be used to ignite the fire.
- Only clean wood or charcoal may be burned. No burning of trash, leaves or brush is allowed.
- A fire extinguishing device must be readily available.
- The fire must be tended until totally extinguished.
- Consider weather conditions, neighbors, burning bans and air quality so that nuisance, health or safety hazards will not be created.
Mobile cooking devices such as manufactured hibachis, charcoal grills, wood smokers and propane or natural gas devises and burners are not defined as recreational fires.
Fires that will exceed 3' x 3' require an open burn permit.
As a driver, what should I do when an emergency service vehicle approaches with red lights and sirens?When an emergency vehicle approaches with red lights and sirens, yield the right-of-way to the vehicle by pulling as far to the right as possible and bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.
- Yes. All newly constructed single family and multifamily dwellings for which building permits were issued on or after Jan. 1, 2007, require a CO detector located within 10 feet of each bedroom.
All existing single family dwelling units and all multifamily dwelling units are also required to have a CO detector.
Smoke detectors should be placed outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On floors without bedrooms, detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as dens, living rooms or family rooms.
New construction requires smoke detectors to be placed in every bedroom. When alterations, repairs or additions requiring a permit, or when one or more sleeping rooms are added or created in existing dwellings, the individual dwelling unit shall be provided with smoke detectors located as required for new dwellings. The smoke detectors shall be interconnected and hardwired.
- Smoke detectors in existing areas shall not be required to be interconnected and hardwired where the alterations or repairs do not result in the removal of interior wall or ceiling finishes exposing the structure.
- Work on the exterior surfaces of dwellings, such as roofing and siding.
For more information, call the Building Inspections Division at 763-509-5430.
Yes, the department does provide car seat check-ups those that live or work in Plymouth. North Memorial Medical Center provides a similar program for nonresidents. See buckleupkids.state.mn.us for other convenient locations.
In Plymouth, appointments are hosted at the Public Safety Building, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. Each car seat takes approximately 30 minutes to check and there is a $20 fee for the appointment. Call 763-509-5198 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Candles are great decor, though they pose a fire risk. Here are some tips to use candles safely:
- Test your smoke detectors monthly and replace their batteries once a year
- Never leave a burning candle unattended
- Do not place burning candles on end tables or other areas where they might accidentally be knocked over
- Always keep burning candles out of the reach of children or pets
- Never place a burning candle near something that can catch fire
- Keep candles away from drafts and vents
- Trim wicks to 1/4 inch prior to each use
- Extinguish taper or pillar candles when they get within 2 inches of their holders
- Always use a flame-retardant base that has been made for candles
- Keep matches, wick trimmings and foreign objects out of the candle wax
- Keep matches and lighters away from kids and teach children to tell adults if they find matches or a lighter
The Plymouth Fire Department typically hires paid-on-call firefighters on an annual basis.
For more information, visit the Fire Department page and click on the Becoming a Firefighter link.
If you have questions, please call the Plymouth Fire Department at 763-509-5122.
Begin by installing a smoke detector on every level of your home and outside of sleeping areas. Make sure that every family member knows what detectors sound like and what they should do in case of an emergency.
- Know two ways out of every room, and never return to a smoke-filled or burning building.
- Pick a meeting place outside of the home where your family will gather in case of an emergency.
- Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
- Purchase escape ladders for second and third story windows. Make sure bedroom windows open easily.
- Make sure that house address is displayed on house and garage, and is clearly visible from the street.
- Please call 763-509-5198 to schedule a tour of the fire station.
- On average, daytime response is 4-6 minutes, and evening response is 9-12 minutes. Many things may influence response time, including weather, call location, time of day and other pending calls.
- Test smoke detectors monthly, change their batteries once a year, and vacuum dust from them periodically.
- Provide information to the Fire Department for anyone who may have difficulty evacuating the home during an emergency. The information will be entered into the 9-1-1 dispatch system. Identify someone to take care of the individual in an emergency. Make sure that anyone confined to a wheelchair has immediate access to their wheelchair. Keep a list of all medications needed by family members on the refrigerator.
- Use the appropriate child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt, for child passengers in your car
- Reinforce the importance of school bus safety rules
Fire and Burns
- Test smoke detectors every month and replace batteries once a year
- Make and practice a home escape plan
- Keep lighters, matches and lighter fluid stored in a secure place that is inaccessible to children
- Teach children to never play with fire – if they find matches or lighters, they should tell an adult
- Never leave lit candles unattended
- Turn pot handles to the back of the stove when cooking
- Do not place hot liquids near the edges of tables or counters
- Have children play away from the kitchen and the outdoor grill
Choking, Suffocation and Strangulation
- Teach children not to put inedible objects in their mouths
- Be alert to choking, suffocation and strangulation dangers – these dangers may include balloons, necklaces, marbles, buttons, scarves, shoelaces, plastic bags, drapery cords, clothing with drawstrings and scarves
- Install and maintain a carbon monoxide detector in your home
- Keep cleaning supplies, medicine, paint and aerosol cans out of the reach of young children
- Remove poisonous plants from home and yard
- Use poison alert (Mr. Yuck) stickers
- Purchase shoes with Velcro straps instead of shoelaces
- Double tie shoelaces to prevent untied shoes
- Use a non-slip bath mat
- Do not allow children to jump or climb on furniture
- Supervise children at playgrounds
- Keep firearms locked up
- Separate ammunition from firearms, and secure both
- Use triggers locks
- Teach children to never touch a firearm
- Ask your children to tell you or another trusted adult if their friends or acquaintances play with guns
- All cyclists should wear bike helmets and bright-colored clothing
- Bikes should be equipped with reflectors, a horn, reflective tape or decals
- Teach children to ride on the right hand side of the road, and to use hand signals for turns and stops
- Teach children to cross the street in the crosswalk, scan for traffic before crossing and obey all traffic signals
- Teach children to never dart into the street from a sidewalk or driveway – teach them to always stop at the end of a driveway or sidewalk, and carefully scan for traffic before entering the street
- Carry personal flotation devices for everyone in the watercraft
- Have children wear their flotation device while riding in the boat
- Supervise children while swimming and have kids swim with a buddy
- Do not allow kids to rely upon personal flotation devices to aid them in swimming in waters beyond their capability
- Never leave a young child alone in the bathtub
Effective July 1, 2009 under Minnesota Statute 169.685, a child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat that meets federal safety standards. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8, or 4 feet 9 inches tall. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height rather than their age. (Check the instruction book or label of the child safety seat to be sure it is the right seat for your child’s weight and height.)
- Safety seats must be installed and used according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Child must be secured (buckled) in the safety seat.
- Seat must be secured to the vehicle.
- Infants (under 20 pounds and one year of age) must be in a rear-facing safety seat.
- Law applies to all motor vehicles originally built with factory-installed seat belts.
- Law applies to all seating positions — everybody, every seat, every time.
- Driver is responsible.
- Petty misdemeanor fine for violation is $50 (may be waived if violator shows proof of obtaining a safety seat within 14 days).
- Applies to both residents and non-residents of Minnesota.
- Suspected non-use is a valid basis to stop a motor vehicle.
If misused, grills can be a serious fire risk. Use these tips to keep safe while grilling.
- BBQ grills should be used and stored at least 10 feet away from any building
- Grills should never be used on wooden patios or under overhangs of garages, homes or decks
- Establish a grill safe zone 5-6 feet around the grill and teach your children that only adults are allowed in the grill zone
- Have propane cylinders filled by a professional – overfilled tanks or cylinders that leak often have serious consequences
- Keep charcoal briquettes stored in a metal container with a secured lid – match light briquettes can self ignite under the right conditions
- Never use gasoline to start a grill or use lighter fluid to stoke a fire
- Close the vents of the grill after you use it
- If you’re using a propane grill, make sure the fuel source has been shut off after use
- If a fire starts on the grill, put the cover on the grill and turn off the heat source, if possible (electric or propane grills)
- Smother a grease fire – do not use water
- Always keep the cover on the grill when it is not in use
- Keep matches, lighters, lighter fluid etc. in a secured place away from children and teach children that these items are not toys and are tools for adult use only
- Treat a minor burn by running the burn under cool water
- Dial 911 in case of an emergency
To be minimally qualified, one must:
- Be a high school graduate or equivalent and at least 18 years of age on appointment date.
- Successfully pass initial and periodic physical ability tests, physical examinations, criminal background checks, stress tests, drug screens, pulmonary function tests and psychological evaluations.
- Possess a valid Minnesota driver's license.
- Have the ability to regularly respond to emergency calls within established time periods.
Firefighters must maintain a six minute travel time during their designated on-call, available time. Department rules prohibit tobacco use while on duty.
Minnesota law allows for the public sale, possession and use of a limited number of consumer fireworks. Permitted items include sparklers, spark emitting cone sand tubes and novelty items like snakes and party poppers.
Fireworks may not be used on public property , such as parks, roads, alleys, schools or government property. You must be at least 18 years old to purchase fireworks. Retailers are required to check photo identification. The sale, possession or use of fireworks may occur throughout the year.
Explosive and aerial fireworks are prohibited for public sale, possession and use in the Minnesota. Prohibited fireworks include, but are not limited to firecrackers, bottle rockets, missiles, roman candles, mortars and shells.
Firework Safety Tips
- Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks and never give fireworks to small children
- Supervise children around fireworks at all times
- Only adults may light fireworks
- Never light fireworks indoors or near dry grass
- Always have a bucket of water and/or a fire extinguisher nearby and be sure you know how to properly operate the fire extinguisher
- Do not wear loose clothing while using fireworks
- Stand several feet away from lit fireworks – if a device does not go off, do not stand over it to investigate it, put it out with water and dispose of it
- Always read the directions and warning labels on fireworks – if a device is not marked with the contents, direction and a warning label, do not light it
- Alarm users are required to register with the city. In the event that a fire alarm sounds, the fire chief shall determine if the alarm event is chargeable. Acts of nature such as high winds, lightning or power outages that cause alarms to malfunction are not chargeable.
False alarm fees may be rescinded if the alarm holder provides certification that the system has been serviced/repaired or they have received education or training on the system to help eliminate future alarms. Verification of alarm system maintenance or service must be made in written format on official letterhead of the alarm company and provided within five days of alarm activation or notice thereof.
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- The city’s ISO rating is a 3.
The staffed station (duty crew) program is a staffing model that supplements the traditional paid-on-call department. Duty crew members schedule to work blocks of time during peak service call periods.
The Plymouth duty crew staffs one fire station and members respond to calls, participate in training sessions, perform maintenance activities and present public education programs.
Piloted in 1998, the duty crew program has reduced response time, guaranteed staffing levels, increased training activities and expanded public safety initiatives. In 2001, the program was expanded to operate 15 hours per day, six days a week, Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Purchase extinguishers that can handle class A-B-C fires. The proper extinguisher will properly extinguish wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical fires. Fully discharge used extinguishers and dispose in your regular trash.
Firefighters not only protect lives and property from the adverse effects of fire, they also respond to motor vehicle and industrial accidents, hazardous material incidents and exposure to dangerous conditions. They bring fire prevention education into school classrooms, neighborhoods and businesses.
Firefighters participate in regular training and maintenance activities. Firefighters also carry out fire safety inspections to become familiar with the community's needs and to reduce response time during incidents.
- Your CO detector must have the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) symbol, which means the detector has met the recommended safety standards of the American National Standards Institute. All CO detectors manufactured after October 1995 comply with the improved safety standards.
Some features to look for are an audible alarm, a digital readout and an AC/DC powered detector. This will ensure coverage during a power outage.
- Anytime that you need police, fire or medical service dial 9-1-1. In Hennepin County, all public safety service calls are dispatched through 9-1-1, even if it is not an emergency.
- Our open house is held in October at Fire Station III, 3300 Dunkirk Ln. N. See the events calendar for this year’s date.