Fire Department Plans for Safe Mifflin St. Event

April 27, 2011

The City of Madison Fire Department is coordinating with other City agencies and downtown residents to ensure that the Mifflin Street Block is a safe event.

Members of the Command Staff have met with students and coordinators. The Department has outlined an operations plan that specifies areas of concern based on calls from previous events.

FIRE
• Outdoor fires and bon fires are not permitted.
• All grills, when in use, must be at least 10 feet from buildings.
• Loose combustible materials and dried vegetation must be removed from the property.

PERSONAL SAFETY
• Debris and projectiles must be removed from the property.
• Look out for others and take care of each other. If your friend looks like they need help, get help for them.

HOUSE PARTIES
• Do not exceed the capacity - no more than 50 people in the house.
• Do not overload balconies and porches - more than 4 is too many
• Do not use flammable or combustible decorations.
• Unattended cooking is the leading cause of fires in Madison. Do not leave the immediate area of the grill, stove, or microwave oven when it is on or in use.
• Do not use candles or incense - unattended candles are one of the leading causes of fires in the campus area.

Tents and canopies are not permitted as shelter for cooking. All tents and canopies must be flame retardant.

Fire Inspectors will work with the MPD Special Events Teams to monitor house parties and other fire code related hazards. If Inspectors observe dangerous overcrowding of houses or apartments, MPD will be consulted on the best way to mitigate the hazard.

Contact:
  • Lori Wirth, (608) 266-5947