Police & Fire

Belmar Launches Effort to Help Residents Keep Homes Safe from Fire

Having a fire escape plan is an important step in protecting lives in case of a home fire, according to Belmar's new Fire Safety Inspection Program. Credits: National Fire Protection Association

BELMAR, NJ — Does your home have a working smoke alarm on every floor? Do all bedrooms have two ways out—a window and a door? Does your family have a fire escape plan?

These questions are a sampling of those included in a home fire safety survey that is part of the new Belmar Fire Safety Inspection Program, designed to educate residents on ways to reduce their risk of a fire in their home — where the majority of fire deaths occur.

“This program is to assist residents in making their homes safer and reduce the possibility of a devastating fire,” said Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea.

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Since last summer, four major house fires have broken out in the borough — one on Route 35 that destroyed a dwelling in July 2016, another on 14th Avenue that claimed the lives of two adults and their dog in August 2016, and the most-recent destroying two century-old homes on 10th Avenue this past April.

According to Dullea, the first step to reduce fire risk is to conduct a home fire safety inspection once a year — the major component of the new program. Its home fire safety survey, provided by the National Fire Protection Association, includes a checklist that details areas of the home that should be evaluated and offers suggestions to further improve fire protection.

While residents can complete the survey themselves and take the necessary actions to correct any deficiencies, the Belmar Bureau of Fire Protection and Prevention will also provide the home inspection service upon request free of charge.

Dullea stressed that the survey is intended to be used as a guide for home fire safety and is not intended to include all potential hazards.

The home fire safety survey and request for an inspection is attached herepdf.

For questions about the program or to schedule a home fire safety inspection, call the fire prevention office at 732-681-3700, ext. 239.


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