Does the Fire Department provide child locator decals?

Rescuing people is the top priority for all firefighters. They are trained to make a thorough and systematic search for anyone inside a burning building as soon as they arrive at a fire scene. In the interest of community safety, the Hamden Fire Department does not recommend that "child" or "invalid" locator decals be placed on home windows for a variety of reasons.

First, the typical family moves average of once every five to seven years. Even if a family doesn't move from the house, the family may switch rooms with time, making the decal meaningless. Often, children sleep in rooms other than their own, leave their room when frightened, or spend the night away and, therefore, may not be in the room marked with a decal. 

Most importantly, a decal can also invite a burglar to enter through a marked window because the occupant of that room would present less of a threat.

The most effective way to protect your family in the event of a fire in your house is to:

  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed and working properly
  • Prepare and practice a family fire escape plan

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1. Where are the Administrative offices of the Hamden Fire Department?
2. How can I reach the Fire Chief's office?
3. Where are the Fire Marshals offices?
4. How do I reach the Fire Marshal's office by phone?
5. How can I reach the Hamden Fire Department Training / EMS Officer?
6. How do I get a copy of a fire or emergency medical service report?
7. Can I take a tour of a Fire Station?
8. Why is it necessary for Fire Fighters to break windows and cut holes in a roof?
9. Why does a fire truck or fire rescue vehicle respond with the ambulance?
10. But what can a fire rescue truck do for me if I am sick or hurt?
11. Why do I sometimes see fire trucks or ambulances running with their lights and sirens on, and then suddenly they turn them off?
12. When I am driving and I am approached by an emergency vehicle, what should I do?
13. How do I check my smoke alarm?
14. Does the fire department provide free blood pressure checks?
15. How do I refill or check my fire extinguisher?
16. Why do we see fire department crews at the grocery store?
17. Does the Fire Department provide child locator decals?
18. How many smoke alarms do I need in my home and why is my smoke alarm making a funny sound (chirping)?
19. What is the best kind of fire extinguisher for my home?
20. Why did so many fire trucks come when I just had a fire on my stove?