MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Fire Department has begun offering comprehensive fire safety surveys to residents of Millburn and Short Hills at no charge. 

“Our job is to fight fires, but we’d much rather prevent a house fire from happening at all,” said J. Michael Roberts, Chief of the Millburn Fire Department.  “By taking advantage of this complimentary inspection, many township residents will dramatically decrease the chances that an accidental fire will endanger them, their families, and their homes.”

Chief Roberts came up with the  idea to begin offering the safety surveys after the Stanford, Connecticut fire on Christmas Day in 2010, which claimed the lives of three young girls and their grandparents. 

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“Something that seems harmless and innocuous — a flat-screen television placed too close to a wall, or a cardboard box stacked atop a radiator — can in fact be a recipe for disaster,” Chief Roberts said.  “We urge township residents to schedule their free visit.  At the resident’s convenience, we will dispatch a courteous, certified fire inspector to check fire extinguishers, ensure that smoke alarms are in working order, and look for hidden dangers that might lead to potential fire hazards.”

According to Chief Roberts, very few townships are offering a free inspection program of this kind. 

“There’s simply no reason not to take advantage of this opportunity,” he said.  “Your safety and peace of mind, and that of your family, are well worth the time it takes to give us a call.”

Millburn-Short Hills residents are urged to contact the Fire Department, at (973) 564-7043, to schedule a free home fire safety survey.