Life Safety and Fire Prevention FAQs

 

No, all fireworks are illegal in the Louisville Fire Protection District, City of Louisville, and Boulder County. The only exception is a public display by permit only.

No, recreational burning is not allowed in the Louisville Fire Protection District. The only burning allowed in the District is for agricultural purposes in unincorporated parts of Boulder County that we serve. For any agricultural burning, please contact the Fire Marshal’s office.

Section 307 of the Louisville Municipal Code: Open burning and recreational fires

  1. No person shall kindle or maintain outside of a habitable building any bonfire. A burn permit is to be required in requesting to burn any trash, paper, rubbish, wastepaper, wood, weeds, bush, plants or other combustible or flammable material anywhere in the city limits.
  2. Except when:

    1. The burning in the course of an agricultural operation in the growing of crops as a gainful operation and presents no fire hazard to other property in the vicinity.
    2. The burning is a smokeless flare or a safety flare used to indicate danger to the public.
    3. The burning is a training fire conducted by the Fire Department, or is a training fire conducted by another Fire Department for privately industrial or commercial fire training purposes.
    4. The burning is solely for the purpose of fuels mitigation to alleviate wild land fire potential or weed abatement to assist restoration of native.
  3. Burning wood in mobile or portable fireplaces, fire pits, chimneys, cookers or outdoor fireplaces is prohibited within the city limits.
    1. The burning of wood as the source of heat for cooking in any type of device is prohibited.
Note: Nothing in this ordinance is intended to prohibit the nonfuel use of wood in cooking as a source of flavoring or curing.

Only if your apartment building and deck is equipped with a fire sprinkler system.

Section 308 of the Louisville Municipal Code: Open flames

  1. Charcoal burners and other open flame cooking devices shall not be operated on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combustible construction with the exception of:
    1. Single family dwellings.
    2. Where balconies and decks are protected by an automatic sprinkler system.

No, we do not recharge fire extinguishers. Companies who provide this service are listed on the internet and in the telephone book (check under Fire Extinguisher).

Homeowners and business owners should buy at least a 5-lb. extinguisher that can handle Class A-B-C fires. The extinguisher should be UL or FM listed. They should be designed to extinguish fires in homes and small businesses including wood, paper, flammable liquids, and electrical fire.

Yes, the Louisville Fire Department and City of Louisville require all businesses WITH or WITHOUT a fire sprinkler system to have fire extinguishers.

Smoke detectors should be placed in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of a home, including the basement. On floors with no bedrooms, smoke detectors should be installed in or near living areas such as the den, living room, kitchen, and/or family room.

If you think your home is on fire or smell smoke, DO NOT WAIT, exit your home and call 9-1-1! As batteries get old, many smoke detectors will chirp every 30-60 seconds. This can usually be taken care of by changing the battery. If you are unsure, go ahead and call 9-1-1 and we will come and look into it.

Not normally, however when time allows, we can assist our senior residents.

Yes, absolutely. We recommend a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in every living space.

It’s important to remember that carbon monoxide is an odorless gas which can be very toxic. If your detector is in alarm, you should immediately evacuate all people and pets and call 9-1-1 from a phone outside the building or residence. The fire department can determine if any carbon monoxide is present and will notify Xcel Energy if needed.

Yes, we offer a Juvenile Fire Setters program. Please contact Fire Marshal Mestas for information at 303-666-8809 or cmestas@louisvillefire.com.

A. Draw a floor plan of your home/business, define at least two exits from each room, agree on a meeting place away from your home/business, and practice your escape plan

The Louisville Fire Department includes an LFD Contractors Checklist for all commercial plans. If for some reason you did not get a copy, you can download it from our website or call 303-666-8809.

The 2012 Edition of the International Fire Code.

Usually to 5 - 10 business days.

The Louisville Fire Department requires 2 hard copies and 1 electronic copy of all submitted plans.

We prefer checks but will accept cash when necessary. Payment is required when plans are picked up at LFD Headquarters. We will let you know when your plans are ready.

To schedule an inspection, all you need to do is call the Fire Prevention office at 303-666-8809.