Fire Prevention Division

The goals of the Fire Prevention Division are to protect life and property from suffering, loss and damage due to fire emergencies. This division works within the community through public education and code management and advisement practices.  It is responsible for:

  • Enforcement of all related state and local fire codes ensuring compliance from all participating properties
  • Investigation of the cause of all fires
  • Provisional investigative support to other departments and agencies.

The Fire Prevention Division was established to designate responsibilities related to fire prevention, investigation, and code enforcement.  These activities include public fire education classes, and fire investigations, fire hazard and code inspections, fire suppression, alarm, building and site plan reviews for issuance of permits.

Fire Making Fire Safety a Family Priority
While the NFPA estimates that 94% of U.S. homes have at least one smoke alarm, in three of every ten reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work.  An estimated 20% failed to operate due to worn or missing batteries.

The Romulus Fire Department teaches its residents that by providing an early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, smoke alarms cut a family’s risk of dying in a home fire in half – but only if they work!

As part of their home fire safety education program, the Romulus Fire Department has developed a Smoke Detector Program designed to increase awareness about smoke detectors and to install detectors in homes within the community.

Families that do not have the recommended smoke alarm on every floor (including the basement) and outside each sleeping area are encouraged to contact fire administrative headquarters at 734-941-8585 to receive a special in-home visit including the installation of necessary smoke alarms.

For over ten years, the Romulus Fire Department has joined the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Energizer brand batteries in urging every single community member to change the batteries in their smoke alarms when they change the time on their clocks.  Also, if smoke alarms in your home are more than 10-years old, the NFPA recommends replacing them, as well.

A number of other agencies offer a wide range of helpful tips, including web pages designed specially for children. Information available from the NFPA can be located by visiting their website at, and information offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's United States Fire Administration can be found at First Alert also offers suggestions and materials on fire safety at

For more information from the CDC NFPA on U.S. fire deaths, cooking, heating equipment,  candles, smoke alarms, smoking materials, electrical fires, and a fire safety checklist to keep you informed about making your home safer please click on the tabs to your right.

CDC Fire Deaths Statistics


  • Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home cooking fires.
  • Three in 10 reported home fires start in the kitchen—more than any other place in the home.
  • Frying is the leading type of activity associated with cooking fires.
  • More than half of all cooking fire injuries occurred when people tried to fight the fire themselves. 
  • Two out of three reported home cooking fires start with the range or stove.
  • Electric ranges or stoves have a higher risk of fires, injuries and property damage, compared to gas ranges or stoves, but gas ranges or stoves have a higher risk of fire deaths.
  • Home fires peak around the dinner hour between 6:00 and 7:00 PM. 
  • Please take a look at these short, educational messages for safe home cooking to avoid fires and other burns:


  • In 2003, heating equipment was involved in more than 53,000 home fires, resulting in 260 deaths, 1,260 injuries, and $494 million in direct property damage.
  • Heating equipment fires accounted for 16% of all reported home fires (second behind cooking) and 11% of home fire deaths.
  • The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.
  • Space heaters were involved in 26% of the home heating fires but 73% of the deaths.
  • Fireplaces or chimneys rank first in the number of fires among types of heating equipment. Most of these were caused by creosote build-up.


  • Candle fires account for an estimated 4% of all reported home fires.
  • During 2000-2004, an estimated 16,400 home structure fires were started by candles. These fires resulted in an estimated 200 civilian deaths, 1,680 civilian injuries and an estimated direct property loss of $450 million. Forty percent of U.S. home candle fires begin in the bedroom, causing 35% of the deaths resulting from these fires.
  • More than half of all candle fires that occurred between 2000 and 2004 started because a candle was left too close to combustible materials.
  • Lack of electrical power was a factor in 1/3 of fatal home candle fires.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 12% of home candle fires and 25% of the home candle fire deaths
  • Fourteen percent of the home candle fires that occurred between 2000 and 2004 took place in December, almost twice the monthly average. That's because candle fires often involve combustible seasonal decorations that wouldn't have been present at other times of the year.

Smoke alarms

  • A 2004 U.S. telephone survey found that 96% of the households surveyed had at least one smoke alarm.
  • The death rate per 100 reported fires is twice as high in homes without working smoke alarms (1.13) compared to homes with working smoke alarms (0.55).
  • When smoke alarms fail it is most often because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
  • Sixty-five percent of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in 43% of the home fire deaths.
  • An estimated 890 lives could be save each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.

Smoking materials

  • Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths and the third leading cause of civilian fire injuries in the U.S.
  • In 2003, smoking materials started an estimated 25,600 reported home structure fires in the U.S.  . These fires caused 760 civilian deaths and 1,520 civilian injuries.
  • The most common material first ignited in home smoking-material fire deaths were mattresses and bedding, upholstered furniture, and floor covering.
  • Older adults are at the highest risk of death or injury from smoking-material fires even though they are less likely to smoke than younger adults.


  • Between 1999-2003, electrical distribution and lighting equipment were involved in an estimated 19,100 reported home structure fires per year.  These fires resulted in 140 civilian deaths, 610 civilian injuries and an estimated $349 million in direct property damage per year.
    Extension cord fires outnumbered fires beginning with permanently attached or detachable  power cords by more than two-to-one.

Home fire sprinklers

  • Properly installed and maintained, automatic fire sprinkler systems help save lives.
  • When sprinklers are present, the chances of dying in a fire are reduced by one-half to three fourths compared to fires where sprinklers are not present.

Fire Prevention Week
For more then 80 years, Fire Prevention Week has provided the opportunity to teach the public about Fire Safety.

The annual observance began as Fire Prevention Day on October 9, 1911, which was the 40th anniverary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

In 1922, Fire Prevention Day transitioned to become a weeklong celebration.  Each year here in Romulus, local businesses partner with the Fire Department and National Fire Safety Council to provide elementary and pre-school children with a packet of age-appropriate fire-safety material.

These materials are integrated into their classroom curriculum and sent home for additional study. During Fire Prevention Week, the fire fighters visit each of these schools to deliver their fire safety message.  When available, Ronald McDonald accompanies the fire department to some of the schools and other opportunities for public education, doubling the attention and excitement of the fire safety message.

The 2013 national campaign theme was PREVENT KITCHEN FIRES.

A special THANK YOU to the businesses that help make the Fire Prevention Week an overwhelming sucess through their continued support.

-Romulus Community Baptist Church-Jets Pizza Romulus-Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church-Paragon Tool-Westland Fire Extinguisher-Double D Portable Arc Welding-Euclid Machine and Mfg-First Baptist Church-International Paint Stripping-Metro Fuel Services-Minkin Chandler Corporation-Romulus Flowers and Gifts-Two Men and a Lawnmower-WSI Industrial Services-B&B Concrete Placement Inc-Excel Home Improvement Inc-Metro Inn-Prosource Wholesale Flooring-Greater Romulus Chamber of Commerce-Days Inn-Downriver Pest Control Inc-Fintex-First Flight Freight Service-MW MORSS- Romulus Auto Supply-Trans Overseas Corporation-Blue Sky-Bob's Sanitation Service-Fabristeel Mfg-J&T Towing-Living Rock Church-K.A. Steel Chemicals Inc-Public Service Credit Union-Serta Restokraft Mattress Co. Inc-Aerostar Manurfacturing-Gandol Inc.-GMA Industries-Airlines Parking Inc.-Best Western-McDonalds-Metro Machine Works-Chemical Analytics Inc-Benlee Dunright-Process Prototype-Westside Beer Distributor-Air Conditioning Products Co.