Whether you are at home, work, school, or out of town, we want you to be aware, safe, and ready to act in case of a fire. Please read and share our resources with your family and friends.

Together, we can make Medina safer.

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Smoke Alarms

Test smoke alarms monthly and never remove the batteries to use elsewhere.

The NFPA says the risk of dying in reported home structure fires is 55 percent lower in homes with working smoke alarms.

Fire Extinguishers

Maintain fire extinguishers in the correct locations of your home and work spaces.

A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives

Escape Plan

Make a home escape plan that includes two ways out of every room.

Discuss a special meeting place with your family to gather in front of your home if there is a fire. PRACTICE your escape plan with your family.


Make sure all electrical cords in your home are in good condition. Replace any that are frayed or damaged.

Make sure no electrical cords are underneath carpets, rugs, or furniture.


Place all flamables such as garbage, old newspapers, or boxes several feet away from heat-producing equipment such as fireplaces or furnaces.

Keep space heaters three feet way from walls, furniture, and curtains.

Communication Plan

Establish a family emergency communication plan and make sure that each family member knows who to contact if they cannot find each other.

Make sure children know who to contact and practice, practice, practice.


Have your fireplace professionally inspected and cleaned every year. Make sure that each fireplace has a metal fire screen or heat-tempered glass doors.

Make sure to use dry well-aged wood to reduce dangerous creosote build-up.


The number one cause of home fires or injuries are cooking fires. Practice safe cooking by ensuring anything that can burn, such as cooking mitts and paper products are well away from the stove.

Never leave your stove unattended.

Helpful Links

Texas A&M Forest Service provides programs to aid communities across the state, giving them tools and resources to actively protect themselves and their properties.

Texas Department of Insurance – Fire Marshal provides training and information for the public and fire fighting professionals.

The National Fire Protection Agency is a leading resource on fire, electrical and related hazards.

The American Red Cross offers useful fire safety information for families on their Home Fire Safety portal. is a resource website for the Emergency Service Organization (ESO) community. The website offers a robust library of valuable resources for first responders.