Fauquier County Department of Fire Rescue           & Emergency Management                                    

62 Culpeper Street                                                                                                                       Warrenton, Virginia 20186                                                                                                                    
Administration / Operations- 540-422- 8800
Training - 540-422-8820




Fire Prevention

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your residence, outside bedrooms, at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of enclosed stairs and near the kitchen.
  • Test and clean smoke alarms once a month and replace batteries at least twice a year. Replace smoke alarms every 10 years.
  • Review escape routes with your family and practice escaping from each room.
  • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut. Make sure security gratings on windows have a fire safety opening feature so they can be easily opened from the inside.
  • Consider escape ladders if your residence has more than one level.
  • Make sure anti-burglary devices installed on windows can be easily opened from the inside.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the floor (where the air is safer in a fire) when evacuating.
  • Review your homeowner or renter insurance policy periodically with your insurance agent to ensure coverage is adequate.

Escaping a fire

  • If you come to a closed door, check it for heat with the back of your hand.  Check the top, bottom, doorknob and any cracks.
  • Do not open a hot door.  Use a window.
  • If the door is cool, open it slowly and check your escape route. If it’s clear, leave immediately and close the door behind you.
  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit – heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Stay out once you are safely out. Do not re-enter. Call 911.
  • If you cannot escape, hang a white or light-colored sheet outside the window, alerting fire fighters to your presence.

Three out of five home fire deaths result from 
fires in properties without working smoke alarms. 

Email smokealarm@fauquiercounty.gov, call (540) 422-8800 or fill out the form at the link below to request smoke alarms for your home.


Make a home fire escape plan: If there is a fire in your home, you could have less than 2 minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  


Video: Make a home fire escape plan https://youtu.be/43k4hjjAU1w

Test your smoke alarms each month


Make sure your smoke alarms work. Your family is not safe if they can’t hear the smoke alarms.

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