The Novi Fire Department provides many programs to community members for your health and safety.
Child Car Seat Inspections
File for Life
Fire and Fall Prevention
Fire Extinguisher Training
Public Fire Education
Child Car Seat Inspections
The Novi Fire Department provides free child car seat safety checks and installations, seven days a week by appointment only.
They also hold free safety checks on the following Saturdays, Station #4 from 9am-noon, no appointment necessary.
Michigan Law requires:
- Children from birth until age 8 be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat in the vehicle, unless they’re over 4'9" tall.
- Children who are eight years old but less than sixteen years old must use a safety belt no matter where they are riding in the vehicle.
The Novi Fire Department has four certified and licensed Child Passenger Safety Technicians on staff ready to provide the most updated information and a free check of your child seat and, if necessary, perform a complete child seat installation. All technicians were recently certified through the State of Michigan Department of Community Health and the National Child Passenger Safety Board (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) after completing an intensive, 40-hour course.
The Novi Fire Department team will share:
- The steps of restraint as the child grows:
o Rear- to forward-facing car seat
o Forward-facing harnessed seat to a booster seat
o Booster to an adult safety belt
- The benefits of riding properly restrained, including all adults.
- Safety in and around the vehicle (never leaving children unattended, walking around the vehicle before moving, etc.)
- State laws and best practice recommendations for occupant safety
Community members are asked to bring the following items to the inspection:
- Vehicles owner’s manual;
- Car Seat owner’s manual;
- And, if possible, the child who will be “properly secured” in safety seat.
Please allow 25 minutes for the installation and the safety check process.
Please contact the Novi Fire Department at 248-349-2162 or click here to schedule an appointment.
CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19
Classes are free for Novi residents only. Non-resident fee $45 per student. You must pre-register.
All classes begin at 6:30pm - 10:00pm and are held at Fire Station #4. Classes are typically held the first Wednesday of each month. Call Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services at (248) 347-0400 for availability or register online here.
The registration process is different for business and residents. Please read the below information carefully.
If you are a business
Businesses must call Training Officer Philip Duczyminki 248-735-5667 to register for a class.
Fees for Classes
Heartsaver CPR for Business: $200 for up to 10 students
BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR for Business: $300 for up to 10 students
If you are a resident
Residents can sign up through Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services by registering online here. Deadline to register is two weeks prior to the class date. There is a six student minimum to hold a class and a maximum of 12. If there are insufficient registrants, you will be notified of class cancellation one week before class. You must bring drivers license to class. No exceptions.
File of Life
The File of Life program is an initiative that assists EMS personnel when they respond to an emergency. This program uses clear plastic, magnetized envelopes to store pertinent medical information in plain view on refrigerator doors. The magnetized holders contain a standard medical form on which the homeowners record medical history, medications, etc.
History of the Program
Previously this program was known as the Vial of Life. The idea was to place valuable medical information on paper and in a location that everyone had in their home. The "vial" was nothing more than a prescription vial which held the medical paperwork and the standard location was deemed to be the freezer compartment of refrigerators. This program was in place for a few years in Novi but there were some flaws, one of which was that many times the vial would be lost in the freezer section among the frozen foods.
Based on this flaw and other problems a new program began a few years ago. Currently the Novi Fire Department has used up all of the old style vials and begun the new program called the File of Life. The new program uses clear plastic envelopes to store pertinent medical information in plain view on refrigerator doors. The magnetized holders contain a standard medical form on which the homeowners record medical history, medications, etc. EMS personnel automatically check refrigerator doors when a homeowner is unconscious or unable to communicate with first responders.
How Do I Get a File of Life?
You can pick up a File of Life folder at any Novi Fire Station or the Novi Senior Center. If you cannot pick up a File of Life folder and would prefer that we mail one, please contact Captain Todd Seog via email or by phone at 248-735-5673 or contact Lieutenant Jonathan Gearns-Hazlett via email or by phone at 248-567-0388.
If you have any questions on the File of Life please contact Captain Todd Seog via email or by phone at 248-349-2162 or contact Lieutenant Jonathan Gearns-Hazlett via email or by phone at 248-349-2162.
Fire personnel will gladly speak with your Homeowners Association, Civic Group or Senior Group to explain the need and benefit of this program. Please contact the above personnel to make an appointment.
Fire and Fall Prevention Program
Novi Fire Department initiates new program to enhance home safety
Each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly one million people over age 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use everyday. The death rate from unintentional injuries in the home is approximately three times greater for older people than for the younger population. Seniors may not realize their home is no longer safe and presents dangers to which they are unaware.
In an effort to better protect and prepare our older adults, the Novi Fire Department is excited to announce a new program aimed at reducing the threat of injury and fire to Novi’s residents. The Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults Program is designed to educate residents of the hazards within their own homes that could cause harm by leading to a fire or causing injury.
Slips and falls are the main source of injury for older people in the home. Fire Department Inspection team members may recommend the use of grab-bars and non-slip mats in the bathtub, handrails on both sides of the stairs, and slip-resistant carpets and rugs. Recognizing burns occur from hot tap water and from open flame, the inspection team may recommend consumers turn down the temperature of their water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent scalds. They will also check to in ensure the proper installation and maintenance of at least one smoke detector on every floor of the home.
Items on the inspection checklist include:
- Electrical hazards
- Fire hazards
- Missing or inoperative CO & smoke detectors
- “Trip and fall” hazards
- Defective stairs and rails
- Improper hot water temperature
The Fire and Fall Prevention Program will be delivered to Novi residents through both group presentations at local and by making in-home visits upon their request. Novi residents can request an in-home visit by the Novi Fire Department for a safety inspection by calling the Novi Fire Department at 248-349-2162, or by filling out the form below.
Fire and Fall Prevention Program Information Request
Fire Extinguisher Training for Businesses
Becoming familiar with fire extinguishers and their use in the workplace may allow you to put out small fires before they spread which may prevent injury as well as save lives. The class is offered the first Friday of the month. Please contact Philip Duczyminski at 248.735.5667, to schedule a date and time. Limit of ten to fifteen students per-class. There is no refund or transfer of funds.
Price: $150 per business
Location: Novi Fire Station #4, Ten Mile and Wixom Rds.
The Novi Fire Department will provide a free courtesy Home Safety Inspection. Inspections provide an opportunity to educate the home owner or occupants about fire safe behavior and the need for adequate fire and life safety conditions inside and outside of the residence. The inspection will check each area of your home and offer fire safety tips and suggestions to safe guard your family from the threat of fire or other potential hazards.
The inspection typically lasts between 20-30 minutes. At the conclusion of the inspection a copy of the findings will be given to the resident along with suggestions and recommendations on how to correct any hazard found during the inspection.
This program is strictly voluntary, but if you participate there are many benefits to you and your family. The Novi Fire Department simply wishes to assist you in making your home fire safe and hazard free. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Novi Fire Department Shift Supervisor at 248-735-5673.
A Note About Smoke Detectors
The Novi Fire Department wants to remind the community when they change their clocks, make a change that could save lives - change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Here are some tips to reduce your chances of being a fire victim:
- Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
- Test smoke detectors monthly.
- Make sure detectors can be heard throughout the home. Install additional alarms if needed per manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have an escape plan. Have at least two ways out of every room, making sure that all doors and windows can be opened without a key or special effort. Have a meeting place outside, and when you are out…stay out!
“The Novi Fire Department would like to help residents who can’t afford to purchase smoke detectors or those in need of assistance with installing or testing smoke detectors,” notes David E. Molloy, Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police. “Working together, we can ensure that every resident is protected.
The Fire Department provides battery-operated smoke detectors only.
If the resident buys the hard-wired detectors, the plugs MUST be the same for each or have an adapter to plug into each plug, unplug old and plug in new. The Fire Department will not cut or splice any wires. Resident MUST get an electrician to install detectors.
The Fire Department will not disassemble furniture to install a smoke detector.
Those in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the Novi Fire Department at 248-349-2162.”
Smoke Alarm Safety - USFA/FEMA website
Smoke Alarm Safety - SaveOnEnergy website
Public Fire Education
The Novi Fire Department provides Public Fire Education to both children and adults in the community. Fire safety programs are provided to both school aged and pre-school aged children. The messages include:
- Exit drills in the home
- Smoke detectors testing and what to do if they sound the alarm
- Don’t play with matches, lighters and fire
- Stop, Drop and Roll
- Calling 911 for help in an emergency
Public Fire Education for adults include:
- Fire extinguisher use
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- How to make your home fire safe
- The Fire Department will install smoke detectors in your home for seniors, families in need, and families with children.
- The Fire Department provides battery-operated smoke detectors only.
- If the resident buys the hard-wired detectors, the plugs MUST be the same for each or have an adapter to plug into each plug, unplug old and plug in new. The Fire Department will not cut or splice any wires. Resident MUST get an electrician to install detectors.
- The Fire Department will not disassemble furniture to install a smoke detector.
Contact the Novi Fire Department at 248-735-5674 for information about any Public Fire Education programs.
Partnership in Excellence Program
The Novi Fire Department partners with Providence Hospital and the Novi High School to educate young adults about medical careers. Novi High School students receive a presentation twice a year, fall and spring about the value of medical education to emergency responders by the departments Training Officer. Students are provided a tour of the Novi Fire Department EMS units. The Novi Fire Department has participated with Novi High School and Providence Hospital in the “Partnership in Excellence” program since 2007. Several students have expressed interest about a career in the Fire Department. This gives the students a great opportunity to ask questions about pre-hospital careers that are available to them in the health field.