Fire Prevention Information

James "Jimmy" Branca, Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal
Email: jbranca@highlandsfl.gov
6850 W. George Blvd., Sebring, Fl  33875

Fire Prevention is responsible for performing periodic inspections of existing, publicly accessed buildings, new building construction and site plan review for fire and life safety code compliance with the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Fire Prevention also provides public education to promote fire safety within the community of Highlands County.

MAKE YOUR HOME SAFEFire Extinguisher and Fire Alarm
 Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home.

Use the test button to check each smoke alarm once a month. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home. Get training from the fire department on how to use them.

ESCAPE ROUTESPicture of Excape Routes
  • Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.
  • Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them and store them near the window.
  • Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
ESCAPE SAFELY
  • Once you are out, stay out! Call the fire department from a neighbor's home.
  • If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to your exit.
  • If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm, use your second way out.

If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a bright-colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call 911 and tell them where you are.