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BFD75: Home safety surveys

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Bloomington Briefing Published November 2, 2022
Updated on November 2, 2022

The Bloomington Fire Department offers a free home safety survey (inspection) for single-family homes in Bloomington. During a home safety survey, a fire inspector assesses and identifies the potential hazards around your home that increase your risk of fires and fire-related dangers. Fire Inspector Pete Miller said, “The goal of the home safety inspection is and help educate people to help keep everyone safe, not to enforce code.”

What do fire inspectors look for in a home safety survey?

They look for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, potential fire hazards and physical obstructions. If needed, they offer fire safety tips to safeguard your families from fire.

What should you expect?

  • The fire inspectors will walk through your house with you, and:
  • Check that all smoke alarms are functioning appropriately throughout the house.
  • Look for any potential hazards, such as electrical wiring issues or appliance malfunctions, that could lead to a fire, and
  • provide recommendations.
  • Help you with your family’s escape plan, and check for furniture or fixtures blocking escape routes.
  • Provide cooking safety and general fire safety tips.

If needed, the fire inspector will assist you with installing a smoke alarm, carbon monoxide alarm, and StoveTop FireStops®, free while supplies last. Fire safety inspections typically last less than an hour.

Should you have a home safety survey?

Though it is not required, it can be highly beneficial. A copy of the inspection findings will be given to the occupants along with suggestions.

To schedule a home safety survey, call 952-563-8930 or complete an online request at An adult must be present during the inspection.