House Parties & Special Events
Many fires start after a house party. If your house or dwelling unit hosts a party, take care to reduce the likelihood of a fire by following these guidelines:
- Assign one or two persons to monitor the event for safety. These monitors should stay sober during the event and be familiar with the building.
- Limit the number of guests, as overcrowding increases risk. A permit for your event is required from the Berkeley Fire Department if the occupant load exceeds 150.
- After the event, look for discarded smoking materials throughout the house, including under furniture and between cushions.
- When the party is over, place all trash outside. Many fires are started by smoldering materials. Barbecue coals and fireplace ashes can stay hot up to three days and must be disposed of in metal containers.