Put a Freeze on Winter Fires

Originally posted on Developing Thoughts:
Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Water Resources Coordinator Did you know that more home fires occur in the winter than any other season? Yes, half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February.  It’s also true that heating equipment is involved in one in every…

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Leaves Down? What are the rules for leaf burning in Auburn Hills?

Those beautiful autumn leaves are finally coming off the trees.  Leaf burning (and only leaf burning) is still permitted in Auburn Hills.  Here are the rules: Days of burning are limited to Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from May 1 through May 31, and October 15 through November 30. • Only those people who reside […]

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Fireworks Update

City Council will take up the issue of a fireworks ordinance at their meeting tonight. In addition to limiting the days of use (day of, day before, day after national holidays), the proposed ordinance would also outlaw unmanned, free floating devices (paper lanterns) that have an open flame (already prohibited under the fire code) and minors will […]

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Managing Risk in a Risk Laden Business

One of the most important aspects of my job (and of all of our command personnel both police and fire) is to manage risk. We have to look down the road at the risks we are likely to contend with,  evaluate the potential for things to go wrong and then work to reduce or eliminate those risks to […]

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Code Officials Keep You Safe

When I read this I wanted to share it with you.  I’m all about it.   Building codes and fire safety codes DO keep us safe.  In my new role as the Director of Emergency Services, I’ve been learning a great deal more about fire and building codes.  I have great faith in our two fire […]

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Should Auburn Hills Permit Leaf Burning?

No matter what side of this issue you are on, I’ll bet you have some strong opinions.  Auburn Hills is one of a dwindling number of Oakland County communities that still permit leaf burning.  People on both sides of the issue regularly engage  the City Council on the topic.  So in response the Council has convened a […]

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Should the City Allow Leaf Burning?

The City Council has convened a committee made up of staff and citizen representatives to study the issue of leaf burning. This is a controversial issue in our town. Some folks feel it is their right, especially those who have large lots with trees and others have health concerns and want it banned. I am […]

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Learning About Burning

Lately I’ve been learning a great deal more about open burning.  In working with the Fire Department these days, I’ve had occasion to consider this issue more and more.  As you may know, burning of household waste is illegal in our community.  But I still see some burn barrels so I think there may be […]

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Could It Happen Here?

As I watched news coverage this weekend of the nightclub fire in Brazil where 232 people were killed by pyrotechnics that ignited, I remembered a very similar situation in 2003 in a nightclub in Rhode Island where a large number of people were killed in a nightclub blaze.  This sort of thing doesn’t have to […]

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Have Two Ways Out

Last week was Fire Prevention Week but it is never too late to talk about the importance of fire safety.  It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by […]

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