Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do before I can burn?
Before burning, we ask that you call the burn hotline number (248) 693-1838 and review all burning rules listed in Burn Ordinance 157.
The burn hotline number is an automated message that will tell you if you can burn, if there are restrictions or if a burn ban has been issued by the Fire Chief. Burn bans are usually issued due to weather conditions or extenuating circumstances.
Please visit the Burning Rules/Ordinance page for more information.
If I have a non-emergency fire related question, what number do I call?
Contact Fire Administration at (248) 391-0304 ext. 2000.
Can I get a home fire inspection?
Yes, the Fire Department provides inspections for fire safety and evacuation plans free of charge. Contact Fire Administration at (248) 391-0304 ext. 2000 for more information.
Does the Fire Department give tours of the stations?
Yes, Firefighters are happy to give tours when available. Contact Fire Administration at (248) 391-0304 ext. 2000 to schedule a tour. Please visit our Community Requests and Training page for more information.
The Event Request Form is located under Applications, Forms and Documents. Please email the completed form to Orion Township Fire Department.
Where can I dispose of hazardous waste?
Every year Oakland County hosts NoHaz Events to dispose of hazardous waste such as batteries, paint, oil, gasoline, etc. These events are free to Orion Residents.
You can find dates and details by visiting the Oakland County NoHaz website or reviewing the brochure here.
If you need to dispose of items before one of these events, you may also try these alternative options:
- Carbon Monoxide, Smoke & Radon Detectors - Check for instructions on back of device to return to the manufacturer.
- Prescription Medications - Visit the Oakland County Sheriff's Operation Medicine Cabinet page to learn more.
- Latex Paint - Donate to local theater groups or Habitat for Humanity. If unusable, mix with cat litter, sawdust or waste paint hardener and set out with regular trash once it has dried to a solid.
- Motor Oil & Automotive Batteries - Contact a discount auto supply store or your local oil change facility.
- Unknown Chemicals - Contact Poison Control: (800) 222-1222
Does the Fire Department provide free smoke alarms?
Contact Fire Administration at (248)391-0304 ext. 2004
Free smoke alarms are available for residents who may not have the resources to purchase them. Firefighters will install them in your home and can assist you with replacing batteries if you are unable.
Please purchase the batteries prior to the Fire Departments arrival.
How often should I check my smoke alarm?
Test your smoke alarm(s) weekly and replace the batteries at least twice a year at daylights savings time. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. Check out our Fire Safety page for more information.
Why is it important to have a home fire escape plan?
Just awakened people, especially children, are often confused and may panic during a fire. A well-planned and practiced home fire escape plan can help people get out safely. Your plan should include two ways out of any room, especially bedrooms. If you have a multi-story home, you may want to purchase a fire escape ladder (sold at retail outlets). Also include in your plan a meeting place outside your home. Never go back inside for pets or toys and practice your plan at least twice a year. Follow this link for an interactive program for drawing out your home and an escape plan.
You may also visit our Fire Safety page for more information.
Does the Fire Department install car seats?
Yes – To schedule an inspection or installation free of charge, please contact Fire Administration at (248) 391-0304 ext. 2000. You can also visit the Community Requests & Training page for more information.