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Fire Prevention is Our Ultimate Goal

The South Adams County Fire Prevention Bureau was established in 1971 with 1 Fire Inspector. Today the Fire Prevention Bureau consists of one Fire Marshal and three Fire Prevention Officers. The Fire Prevention Bureau is responsible for fire safety, youth fire intervention, inspections of new and existing buildings, reviewing plans of new construction and hazardous materials processes as well as code enforcement. The Fire Prevention Bureau also spends many hours conducting public education classes both within the business community, and within local schools instructing children on the many ways of being fire safe.

The Fire Prevention Bureau believes that their work with children is imperative to their education. They stress the importance of not playing with fire, preparing safe methods of evacuation in the case of a fire as well as knowing who to call in the event of an emergency.

In addition they are responsible for the investigation of any fire within the district and work closely with local law enforcement ensuring community safety.

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Fire Prevention Team

Randall S. Weigum (Bio)

Division Chief of Fire Prevention/Fire Marshal

Ryan Doherty

Deputy Fire Marshal

Kristen Marrs

Fire Prevention Officer/Life Safety Educator

Keshia Koger

Fire Prevention Officer

Sarah Krzanowsky

Fire Prevention Officer

Savannah Elliott

Fire Prevention Officer

Mark Cornejo

Fire Prevention Officer

Emma Connors

Administrative Assistant, Fire Prevention

Fernanda Herrera


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If you forgot to change your smoke alarm battery on January 1st , now’s the time to do it !

Change your clock , Change your smoke alarm battery !!!

 You should test your smoke alarms once a month to make sure they are working properly.


What is the Status of Your Home's Smoke Alarm?

If a fire were to occur in your home, would you know? What would alert you in the middle of the night? Could you get out in time ? The answer is making sure your home has proper working smoke alarms!

Did you know:
  • That three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. 
  • More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms were present. 
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. 

Information sourced from NFPA .

What are smoke alarms and how do they work ?

A smoke alarm is a tool used to detect smoke in a nearby area, typically caused by a fire. Once the smoke is detected, the smoke alarm is  signaled to alert by sounding a high-pitched alarm.  It’s common to hear the term “smoke detector” which relates more to a commercial smoke alarm system that sends a  signal to a fire alarm panel. 

How to make sure your smoke alarm is properly working ?

Test your smoke alarms at least once a month to make sure they are properly working. Make sure everyone in the home can hear the alarm sound from the furthest points in the home. This is a great time to teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what they need to do if it goes off.  Come up with a family evacuation plan – get outside, stay outside, and go to your outside meeting place. Then call 9-1-1 !

Did you know that smoke alarms expire ?

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years according to the manufacture date. You can find this noted date on the back or side of your smoke alarm. 

Information sourced from NFPA . 

Common Questions about Smoke Alarms

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home ?
  • A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Put smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom  and sleeping area.  Put alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
  • Place smoke alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall . Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the best place for your alarm.
  • Only qualified electricians should install hardwired smoke alarms.

Need help installing your smoke alarm ?

Contact us at 303-288-0835 to schedule a time to assist you with installing your smoke alarms.

What do I do if my smoke alarm sounds while I’m cooking ? 

Never take the battery out of smoke alarm while cooking ! If a smoke alarm sounds like you are cooking or taking a shower with lots of steam, do not remove the battery . You should :

  • Open a window or a door and press the hush button. 
  • Wave a towel at the alarm to clear the air. 
  • Move the entire alarm several feet away from the kitchen or bathroom. 

Disabling a smoke alarm or removing the battery can be a deadly mistake. 

What powers a smoke alarm? 

Smoke alarms are powered by a battery or by your home’s electrical system. If the smoke alarm is powered by battery , it runs on either a disposable nine-volt battery or a non- replaceable 10-year lithium, (“long -life”) battery. Alarms that get power from your home’s electrical system, or “hardwired”, usually have a back-up battery that will need to be replaced once a year. 

What types of smoke alarms can I buy ?

There are many brands of smoke alarms on the market, but they fall under two basic types : ionization and photoelectric. 

Ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms detect different types of fires. Since no one can predict what type fire might start in their home, the USFA recommends that every home and place where people sleep have :

  • Both ionization AND photoelectric smoke alarms . 

  • OR dual sensor smoke alarms , which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors.  

Choose interconnected smoke alarms , so when one sounds , they all sound.

There are also alarms for people with hearing loss. There alarms may have strobe lights that flash and/or vibrate to alert those who are unable to hear standard smoke alarms when they sound. 

Please see below for some picture examples from our Fire and Life Safety Educator Kristen Marrs. 

Just for Kids

Check out this Hidden smoke alarm activity


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Safety Tips and Links

For more information, fact sheets and resources go to the NFPA website. 

South Adams County Fire Department is committed to community safety. One of the first steps we take in making sure that the buildings around the district are safe is the with the plan review process. Below you will find the links for the applications and fee schedules. Please contact us with any other questions or concerns.

Notice: Plan review submittal review will be a minimum of thirty (30) business days. A minimum fee will be required when submitting plans ( See Plan Review Inspection Permit Fee Schedule for Minimum Fee). We accept payment in the form of Check or Credit Card. All credit card transactions are subject to a 3.5% Fee.

Inspection Information:

All construction inspections with the exception of underground water line and fire service line inspections , will be conducted and scheduled Tuesday through Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm. Underground Water line and Fire Service Line Inspections will be by appointment only.

Important Links:

Plan Review Inspection Permit Fee Schedule

Knox Box 

Adams County Adoption of 2018 IFC

Commerce City Adopting of 2018 IFC

We have updated our Plan Review and Hazardous Materials Plan Review Applications. Please see below for the updated versions.


When Submitting a set of plans for review please include the required following:


Please Contact us at :

Email us : [email protected]
6050 Syracuse Street
Commerce City, CO 80022
Phone : 303-288-0835

Food Truck Operational Permit :

  • Mobile Food Vendors are an emerging fire safety risk. In order to protect our citizens , visitors and vendors  to our district, any Food Trucks or Mobile Food Vendors with equipment that produces smoke or grease-laden vapors are required to obtain an Operational Permit from South Adams County Fire Department. 

Please include the following items with submittals :

All submittals are required to be submitted through the Contractor Portal. 

At this current point in time there is a Stage 1 Fire Ban. South Adams County Fire Department is prohibiting any open burning except for barbecue grills, fire pits with covered spark arrestor, and chimineas with covered spark arrestors.    Please see below for more information .

Stage 1- Fire Ban 

Open Burn Permit and Regulations

Residential Fire Pits :

Residential Fire Pit Information

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