Fire Prevention

Wise County ESD #1 members are highly trained and dedicated to control and extinguish building, vehicle, and wildland fires. However, we do not want to make a house call to YOU! Here are a few tips to prevent a fire or fire related injury:

Structure or Building:

  • Install smoke detectors

    • At least 1 per floor and 1 outside of each bedroom is recommended

  • Install carbon monoxide detectors

  • Test and change detector batteries every 6 months

  • Do not leave the kitchen with the stove on

  • Keep open flames, such as candles, away from flammable objects like curtains and clothing

  • Be sure to clean the lint out of your dryer between uses

  • Avoid from overloading power outlets

  • Have an escape plan in the instance of a fire


  • Do not throw lit cigarettes out of your car window

  • If you are burning outdoors

    • Cut down the grass or brush around the burn area or create a dirt track around burn area

    • Have a water source handy and ready to use

    • Utilize large machinery like a bulldozer or skidsteer to push dirt onto the fire

    • Avoid burning under trees

    • Do not burn on windy days

    • Do not burn while under a burn ban

  • Keep trees and bushes trimmed away from electrical lines and wires