Fire Prevention

Fire Watch

Requests may be made for standby fire watch personnel as an approved alternate means of protection due to being unable to meet all provisions set forth by the local municipal fire code, the California Fire Code, and/or Title 19 of the California Code of Regulations regarding minimum fire and life safety requirements.

Knox Box

The Cities of Burlingame and Millbrae and Town of Hillsborough, in accordance with California State Fire Code and local municipal codes, requires a key box or gate key switch to be installed to allow fire department access into a building or area. See ordering and installation information below.

Fire apparatus access

Fire apparatus access roads are required in accordance with California Fire Code Chapter 5. Click here for our apparatus requirements.

Alternate Means of Protection or Methods of Construction

Fire incident report requests

Requests for a fire incident report may be made by calling 650-558-7600. An administrative fee will apply.

Vegetation Management Program

If you live next to a vegetated hillside or your neighborhood is within a wildland-urban interface area, you should be aware of vegetation management practices to help reduce the possibility of a hillside fire from reaching your home. For a list of requirements and guidelines, please visit the San Mateo County Fire Safe website at or the California State Fire Marshal’s Office website at If you have a concern of a fire hazard in your neighborhood, please contact Fire Prevention at 650-558-7648.

Dry Cleaners

California has adopted new regulations effective January 1, 2011, specific to dry cleaning establishments that in some cases are retroactive. These requirements require one-hour fire-resistive separation of dry cleaning equipment from the rest of the building as well as the installation of automatic fire sprinklers when combustible liquids are used or Class III-A dry cleaning system is utilized. Please refer to this informational bulletin from the California State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Central County Fire Department will conduct inspections of all dry cleaning establishments to determine if enforcement of this regulation is necessary.