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Saddle River Fire Prevention Bureau

The Saddle River Fire Prevention Bureau has been designated by the Borough Council of Saddle River to implement the provisions of the New Jersey State Uniform Fire Safety Act (N.J.S.A. 52:27 D-192 et seq.).

This act empowers the fire prevention bureau to enforce fire safety regulations in all existing commercial buildings. Some of these buildings need to be upgraded or maintained in order to protect occupants of the buildings, firefighters and the general public from fire.

Homeowners can also practice fire safety by calling the bureau to schedule a home fire safety inspection at (201) 327-2609 ext 237.

Fire safety is everyone’s job! Let’s all help the Saddle River Fire Prevention Bureau keep Saddle River safe from fire.

Residents may visit our website at www.saddleriverfire.org

Richard Silvia
Fire Marshall
Borough of Saddle River


When clothes burn, stop 
where you are, drop to 
the ground, cover your face
with your hands and roll
repeatedly to smother the


Call 911 from a neighbor’s home
Take the safest route, crawl low under smoke
Know two ways out of each room
Feel the door with the back of your hand
Meet outside at a safe location
Once out stay out


One on every level of home
Make sure that they work
Vacuum twice a year
Replace every ten years
Call 911 when they activate
Evacuate the home

Saddle River Fire Department

Fire is a fundamental force in nature. Without fire, life as we know it today would not exist. Friendly fires heat our homes, cook our food and help to generate our energy. Like any force in nature, however, fire also carries with it the potential for great destruction.

Civilian fire deaths in the United States have declined fairly steadily over the past decade from a high of over 7,700 per year in 1978 to an average of about 6,000 per year in 1982. The Saddle River Fire Department urges each resident to practice the following:

What Should You Do?

  • Install smoke detectors on every level of your home - outside bedrooms, either on the ceiling or high up on the wall, at the top of open stairways, or at the bottom of closed stairs, and near but not in the kitchen.
  • Clean and test them regularly, and change batteries at least once a year.
  • Plan two escape routes out of each room.
  • Practice escaping from each room with your eyes closed, since during a fire, the house will fill with thick black smoke.
  • Teach family members to stay low to the ground when escaping from a fire.
  • Teach family members never to open doors that are hot. In a fire, feel the bottom of the door with the palm of your hand. If it is hot, do not open the door. Find another way out.
  • Pick a place outside your home for the family to meet after escape.
  • Keep all matches and lighters out of reach of children. Teach them about the dangers of playing with matches.
  • Teach children about "Stop, Drop and Roll" to put out a fire on their clothing.
  • Have a collapsible ladder on each upper floor of your house.
  • Consider installing home sprinklers and/or carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Purchase and learn how to use a fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type).
  • Clean out storage areas. Don't let trash such as newspapers or magazines accumulate.
  • Check electrical wiring. Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires or loose plugs. Do not overload extension cords or outlets. If you need to plug in two or three appliances, get a UL-approved unit with built in circuit breakers to prevent sparks and short circuits.
  • Never use gasoline, benzene, or other flammable liquids indoors. Store them approved containers in well ventilated storage areas. Never smoke near these flammable liquids. After use, safely discard all rags or materials soaked in flammable material.
  • Check heating sources. Many home fires are started with faulty furnaces or stoves, cracked or rusted furnace parts, and chimneys with creosote buildup. Make sure your home heating source is clean and in working order.
  • Know where your gas meter and electrical panels are so you can turn them off in an emergency.
For additional information call the Saddle River Fire Prevention Bureau at (201) 327-2609 x237 during regular office hours Monday through Friday. Anyone interested in joining the Saddle River Volunteer Fire Department may call the Fire Chief at (201) 327-4713.

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