Fire Emergencies

A fire in a home can be a devastating and life-changing event. We see, regularly how fire can destroy valuable and sacred property, injure, or kill.

The Mount Vernon Fire Department is committed to lowering the likelihood of these types of incidents occurring in our city. We will address these challenges through coalition-building between private and public organizations, fire code enforcement and compliance initiates, community-risk reduction programs and education. 

Please utilize the tools provided below to begin the discussion, TODAY about fire and life safety in the home.


The 7 Ways to Prepare for a Home Fire


  1. Install the right number of smoke alarms. Test them once a month and replace the batteries at least once a year. Purchase smoke alarms here.

  2. Teach children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.

  3. Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.

  4. Establish a family emergency communications plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find one another.

  5. Practice escaping from your home at least twice a year. Press the smoke alarm test button or yell “Fire“ to alert everyone that they must get out.

  6. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.

  7. Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

Home Fire Escape Plans

Unsure where to start? Use these guides (hyperlink) to help begin your escape plan: