Below is a list of inspections and services offered by the Fire Department.
Periodically through the year citizens request the Fire Department to come to their home and inspect their chimney(s) and wood burning equipment. This is another service we offer for the citizens of Valdese. We will come to your home and inspect chimneys and equipment to insure that they are safe to use. If problems are found or there is question of the safety of their use we recommend that you have someone such as chimney sweep come out and perform a thorough check of the chimney and its related equipment.
Each year every business within the city limits of Valdese is inspected for fire hazards and compliance with the fire code. The fire code is a set of laws and regulations set forth by the North Carolina Building Code Council that addresses conditions hazardous to life and property from fire explosion, hazardous materials storage, handling or use, and the use and occupancy of buildings and premises. All buildings are inspected with the exception of one and two family dwellings. Inspections are free of charge unless fire code violations are not met within a designated period of time. Citations can and will be issued for non-compliance in accordance the Town of Valdese Fire Prevention and Protection Ordinance. New businesses need to contact the fire department prior to opening up to customers for a new business inspection and general information.
Fire Prevention Week has been observed since the early 1900’s remembering the “Great Chicago Fire” that occurred on October 8th, 1871 and ended October 9th. This tragic disaster killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 homes, and burned more than 2,000 acres. National Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday – through – Saturday period in which October 9th falls. Fire Prevention Week 2002 is October 6th – 12th. During Fire Prevention Week personnel from the Fire Department go to local daycares and schools to educate kids on fire safety and let them meet the world renowned “Sparky”. At other times during the year groups of all ages come to the fire station for tours. Kids and adults alike get to see, behind the scenes, how our department works and what we do. These groups range from pre-schoolers to Boy Scout troops to senior citizens. If you would like to schedule a tour for your group or organization give us a call Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.
Each spring Valdese Fire Department performs annual maintenance on all 336 fire hydrants in the Valdese Water System. This service insures that each hydrant has an adequate water supply and will, in times of emergency, function correctly. It normally takes four to six weeks, weather pending, to complete the task. The fire department will announce when the service will start via newspaper and radio broadcast. During this testing you may experience some discoloration in your water. If so, turn on an outside water spigot or inside faucet and let it run for several minutes. This should take care of your problem.
In 1998, the Valdese Fire Department established the smoke detector program. This program was started to insure that every household had at least one working smoke detector in their home. If a house did not have a smoke detector the Fire Department installed one free of charge. If one was present and another detector was needed or requested the owner had the option to purchase one from the department for five dollars. We installed batteries in detectors that needed them free of charge. We also checked to make sure that every home had street numbers posted on the front of their houses. If none were present numbers were installed with the permission from the owner, again, free of charge. This is our way of looking out for the safety of our citizens. This program will continue to be provided at the owner’s request. If a detector is needed, a battery needs to be replaced, or you need assistance in installing a detector call the Fire Department and we will be more than happy to assist you with this service.