What are the guidelines for open burning?
On December 4, 2006, the Auburn Hills City Council adopted a new Open Burning Policy which is now in effect. Days of burning are limited to:
Burning on these days of the week is allowed May 1 through May 31, and October 15 through November 30.
Further Open Burning information:
- Only those people who reside in a single family residence may burn. This does NOT include mobile homes.
- Burning is permitted from dawn to dusk.
- Only small quantities of leaves and brush may be burned. The burning of trash or waste is prohibited.
- Open burning is prohibited within 50 feet of any structure, in right-of-ways, or in roadways.
- An adult must be in attendance of the fire at all times and provide a method of extinguishments such as a garden hose and a metal rake or shovel.
- Please be considerate of your neighbors when burning. If we receive complaints about your fire creating excessive smoke, you may be asked to put it out.
How do I sign up for a First Aid/CPR class?
Can I have a grill at my apartment or condo?
We continue to receive questions regarding the use and storage of barbeque grills at apartments and condos.
The section of the fire code, adopted under Local Ordinance #865, dealing specifically with this subject is 308.1.4 Open-flame cooking devices which prohibit the use of charcoal burners and other open-flame cooking devices on combustible balconies or within ten feet of combustible construction, except at one and two family dwellings (individual home or duplex), or where buildings and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system, or for LP-gas cooking devices having an LP-gas container with a water capacity of not greater and 2.5 pounds (nominal 1 pound LP-gas capacity).
Additionally, Section 307.4.3 prohibits the use of portable fireplaces within 15 feet of a structure or combustible material, except at one or two-family dwellings.
Please see the memo from our Fire Chief HERE
Does the fire department take sharp disposals?
We cannot accept sharps at any city facility, however, the City's waste collection service may offer sharps disposal.
Where can I dispose of expired or unused prescription medication?
In the lobby of the Auburn Hills Public Safety Building, at 1899 N. Squirrel Rd, there is a drop box for unused prescription medication. Also medication must be placed in an unmarked ziploc-type bag. We do not accept sharps in this box. Please read more about the dropbox HERE.
Who do I call if my business is testing our fire alarm system?
If your tests are conducted during standard business hours Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm, please call the Fire Department main line at 248-370-9461
If you are conducting tests outside of standard business hours, please call 248-370-9444
How many plans need to be submitted for inspection review?
Four complete plans are required for review. Please see more information about plan reviews on our Forms and Permits page under "Fire Suppression and Detection."
How do I apply for a bonfire permit?
The application for a bonfire permit can be found HERE
Who do I contact with a question about EMS billing?
The Auburn Hills Fire Department has a third party company process the EMS billing. The company is called Mobile Health Resources (MHR). They can be reached at 1-800-903-0107. Their mailing address is PO Box 13247 Lansing, 48901-3247. If you have any questions about your bill, refunds, or billing statements, please reach out to Mobile Health Resources.
How many smoke detectors should my home have?
The NFPA recommends a smoke detector in each bedroom, in the area outside of the bedrooms, and at least one detector on each floor of the home. Detectors should not be placed within three feet of a bathroom so that steam from a shower will not set them off. Detectors should not be placed within 10 feet of a cooking appliance.
How often should smoke detectors be tested?
Smoke detectors should be tested monthly. This is also an ideal time to practice your home escape plan.
How often should the batteries be changed in smoke detectors?
Every six months, or if a detector fails to operate during the monthly test. Some newer smoke detectors have batteries permanently installed, and these will last for a period of several years, after which the detector must be replaced.
Do smoke detectors need to be replaced? How often?
Smoke detectors should be replaced every 10 years, or per manufacturer recommendation.
What kind of fire extinguisher should I have in my home?
A fire extinguisher rated for Class A, B, and C fires is recommended. Class A fires are normal combustibles like paper or wood, Class B is for liquids, and Class C is for use on energized electrical equipment. The minimum rating for a home fire extinguisher should be 2A, 10B, C.
How do I use a fire extinguisher?
Fire extinguishers are only for use on small fires, such as a wastebasket fire. To use an extinguisher, remember P.A.S.S.:
- Pull the pin
- Aim at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the handle to discharge the extinguisher
- Sweep the extinguishing agent back and forth across the base of the fire until it is out.
Should I have a fire extinguisher in my kitchen for use on cooking fires?
Fire extinguishers are not recommended for stove-top grease fires because the discharge from the extinguisher may cause the burning grease to splatter and spread the fire. For stovetop grease fires, it is recommended to use an oven mitt to protect your hand and to cover the pan with a properly sized lid. A fire extinguisher would be appropriate for other types of fires.
How many fire extinguishers should I have in my home?
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends at least one fire extinguisher on each floor of a home, plus one in the garage. Extinguishers should have a minimum rating of 2A,10B, C. Extinguishers should be hung in a place where they are easy to access and immediately available for use.
How long do fire extinguishers last?
Rechargeable extinguishers should be inspected annually by a company licensed to service fire extinguishers. Disposable extinguishers should have an expiration date on the nameplate/sticker on the extinguisher. Extinguishers should be checked monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
How do I dispose of an old fire extinguisher?
Contact your local waste disposal company. If they are unable to take old extinguishers, you can discharge the extinguisher so that no pressure remains in the cylinder, then take it to a scrap/recycling facility.
What kinds of extension cords or power strips are recommended?
Extension cords and power strips should be listed by a recognised testing laboratory (UL, UL Canada, FM). Use extension cords that are the correct size or rating for the equipment in use; the diameter of the extension cord should be the same or greater than the cord of the equipment in use. Only use cords rated for outdoor use when using a cord outside. Power strips should have a built-in circuit breaker/overcurrent protection.
If there is no outlet where I need to have an appliance, is it OK to use an extension cord or power strip?
Use extension cords and power strips only when necessary and only on a temporary basis. Do not use extension cords and power strips in place of permanent wiring. If you need another outlet, contact a licenced electrician to have one installed.
My extension cord plug has three prongs and won't plug into my outlet. Can I cut the third prong off or use an adaptor to make it work?
Do not remove the prongs of an electrical plug or use an adapter or extension cord to defeat a standard grounding device. If your outlet is not designed for a three-prong plug, contact a licenced electrician to replace your outlet with one designed for three-prong plugs.
Are there any places that extension cords should not be used?
Do not run cords above ceiling tiles or through walls. Keep electrical cords away from areas where they may be pinched and areas where they may pose a tripping or fire hazard such as doorways, walkways, under carpet, etc.
How can I tell if an extension cord should be replaced?
Always inspect the cord prior to use to ensure the insulation isn't cut or damaged. Discard damaged cords, cords that become hot, or cords with exposed wiring. If plug prongs are missing, loose, or bent, replace the entire plug or cord. To prevent damage, never unplug an extension cord by pulling on the cord; pull on the plug.
What kinds of space heaters are recommended?
Space heaters should be listed by a recognised testing laboratory (UL, UL Canada, FM). Space heaters should automatically shut off if tipped over or moved.
Where would be a good place to put my space heater?
Place the space heater on a stable and level surface, where it won’t be bumped, kicked, or knocked over. Space heaters should be kept a minimum of three feet from any combustible materials. To avoid electrical shock, do not use an electric space heater around water.
I have a kerosene heater, is it safe to use indoors? Can I use gasoline or oil in it instead of kerosene?
If your space heater requires fuel make sure you are using the correct fuel. Fuel-fired space heaters must be used only in well ventilated areas and should never be used in the house due to the hazardous fumes they produce.
What should I know about safely operating a space heater?
In addition to any precautions in the manufacturer’s instruction manual for your space heater: Check the cord and plug of the space heater before use. Do not run cords under carpets, rugs, or furniture, and do not use an extension cord or power strip with a space heater. If the power cord for the space heater gets hot, discontinue use and replace the space heater. Turn the space heater off if you leave the room or when you go to sleep. Do not allow children to operate the space heater and keep them at least three feet away from a space heater to avoid burns.
What is a File of Life?
A file of life is a small pouch with a magnet that can be placed on the door of your refrigerator. The file contains information on any medications that you take so that emergency personnel can easily find that information in case of a medical emergency.
Where do I get a File of Life?
Files of Life are available, free of charge, through Senior Services at the Auburn Hills Community Center. Contact Karen Adcock at (248)364-6794, or Pauline Beckett at (248)364-6792.