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Winter Fire Safety Tips

With the cold weather and the high usage of fireplaces during the winter, please take a few moments to review these fire safety tips:

Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home.  Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year.  Consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened. 

Make sure wood stoves are properly installed, away from combustible surfaces, have the proper floor support and adequate ventilation.  Never use flammable liquids (such as gasoline) to start or accelerate fire. 

Have your furnace and chimney professionally inspected annually and cleaned if necessary.  Chimney tar build-up is a common cause of chimney fires.

Use a glass or metal screen in front of your fireplace to prevent sparks igniting nearby carpets or furniture.

Never thaw frozen pipes with a blow torch or other open flame.  Use hot water or a UL listed device such as a hand-held dryer.

Dispose of hot ashes in metal containers placed away from the house. Never use the range or oven to heat your home. If there is a fire hydrant near your home, keep it clear of snow for easy access.  

Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated by a stove or fireplace and near sleeping areas. Test them monthly, and replace batteries at least once a year.

Make an escape plan.  Know two ways out of every room.  Practice your escape plan with your whole family at least twice a year.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Fire Marshal at : 585-336-6097.

Outdoor Recreational Fires


Requests for outdoor recreational fires have become a popular activity and concern within the Town of Irondequoit, especially with recent marketing and sales of portable outdoor fireplaces, made of metal, ceramic and like materials.

Recreational fires are a PRIVILEGE and have been allowed for special occasions and limited recreational purposes. A recreational fire, which causes property damage, personal injury or is deemed a NUISANCE, may be cause for further legal actions by the Fire Marshal or the Police. Any fire causing the fire department or police department to be called may be considered by the responding official as a nuisance fire. Nuisance fires must be extinguished. Please contact the Office of the Fire Marshal at (585) 336-6097, if you have any questions regarding this fire safety concern.

The Office of the Fire Marshal has allowed burning for recreational purposes consistent with state, county and local codes and laws, using the following guidelines: 

SAFETY must always be followed.

  • Fire can not create a nuisance. Smoke and/or odors may be considered a nuisance.
  • Fires must be of the same size as in fireplaces (no larger than 3 feet in Diameter – no taller than 2 feet in height), located 25 feet from combustible structures (houses, fences, sheds, garages, wooden decks, similar structures) and conducted on non-combustible surfaces.
  • Materials for burning must be clean seasoned firewood (wet wood, fresh cut wood, painted or stained wood creates smoky conditions and is not allowed to be burned).
  • Competent adult supervision must be at site while fire is burning. Competent adult supervision is someone over 18 years of age, not impaired by drugs, alcohol or having a medical or mental condition which would impair their ability to take proper actions if required.

  • A source of water must be available to control or extinguish any fire (charged garden hose hooked up to a water supply, multiple pains of water or a 4-A rating fire extinguisher).

  • No new materials may be added to a fire after 10 PM. FIRE MUST BE EXTINGUISHED BEFORE ABANDONING.

  • NEW – Outdoor portable fireplaces made of metal, ceramic and like materials must follow these same rules and not be placed on any combustible materials (decks, porches, tables, ect.) They may not be located less than 15 feet from a combustible structure and must be extinguished before abandoning.

NOTE: Any fuel not in compliance with "Clean seasoned firewood" is not viewed as a recreational fire even if the other guidelines are being followed. (A wolf in sheep's clothing is still a wolf)

Check Enforcement Program

badchecksThe Check Enforcement Program is operated by the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. It is a no cost solution for victims of criminal bad checks. 

Get up to 100% of the amount of the check, plus a fee, to help offset the added costs of the bad check.

Contact the Check Enforcement Program at 888-235-2452

Right of Way Permit Requirements

***Please note that the 199 Permit includes driveways***

199 Permit

What is the Right of Way?

The right-of-way includes sidewalk, and grass area between sidewalk and the road (approximately 10-15 additional feet on either side of the road). Generally utility lines such as Electric, Gas Oil, water, sanitary sewers and storm sewers are housed in the right of way.

Why is it important to have a permit?

A 199 permit ensures that the area in the right of way is restored or improved upon from it's condition prior to starting work.

What types of projects require a 199 right of way permit?

Any project that includes the road and/or the area approximately 10-15 feet from the road requires a 199 permit including but not limited to:

  • Widening/Resurfacing/Replacing driveways
  • Road Cuts
  • Tree Trimming
  • Erecting poles for lighting
  • Running New Lines
  • Water Service Renewal
  • Sanitary or Storm Sewer Connection

How much does a 199 permit cost?

A schedule of fees is available on the second page of the permit application available here.

How do I get a permit?

To acquire a 199 permit application online click here or go to the the Department of Public Works at the Irondequoit Town Hall.

What if I have a question about the 199 permit?

All questions can be directed to the Department of Public Works at 585-336-6033.

School Bus Safety

School is back in session. Please be mindful of our Crossing Guards out in the roadways. Stop as per the Crossing Guards' directions. Please refrain from making Right on Red during the posted hours at crosswalks in town. Be sure to come to a complete stop at all stop signs.


  • That you cannot pass a stopped school bus with its red flashing lights on EVEN IN A SCHOOL BUS LOOP (NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law section 1174-a).
  • An estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school busses every day.
  • In the past four years, 37 students were hit by motorists in New York State passing stopped school busses. Many of these students were seriously injured, and one was killed. 


  • It is illegal - and very dangerous - to pass a stopped school bus when the large red lights on top of the bus are flashing. Flashing lights mean the bus is picking up or discharging students.
  • You must stop whether you are approaching the school bus from the front or overtaking it from the rear.
  • You must always stop for flashing red lights, even on divided and multilane highways and on school grounds.
  • The first-time fine for illegally passing a school bus is a $250 fine, 5 points on your license, and/or possible 30 days in jail.
  • Worse yet, the memory of hitting or killing a child may be one you carry for the rest of your life!


By Conviction Minimum 
Possible Imprisonment 
First conviction$250 $400Up to 30 days
Second conviction 
(within 3 years)
$600 $750Up to 180 days
Third or subsequent 
(within 3 years)
$750$850Up to 180 days 

How to Protect Your Neighborhood

What To Do

  • Get to know your neighbors and become familiar with their routines. You're going to be partners in watching the activities on your block.
  • Be suspicious. Report unusual or suspicious behavior to the police. Write down descriptions of the person(s) and license numbers of any vehicles involved.
  • Above all, be concerned. It's the most effective way to reduce or prevent crime and make your neighborhood safe.
  • Establish a meeting time and place convenient to all.
  • Exchange names, home and work telephone numbers among the participants. A hand-drawn street map might also be useful.
  • Draw a diagram appropriate for your neighborhood. Each neighboring house depicted should contain the house number, occupant names, and home and work telephone numbers. The 9-1-1 emergency number should be placed prominently on the diagram.
  • Once your neighborhood watch network is established, everyone should observe these guidelines:
  • Keep a trusted neighbor informed if your house will be unoccupied for an extended period. It's important to leave him a way of reaching you if an emergency should arise.
  • Look after your neighbor's house when he is away, and ask him to look after yours. This includes collecting mail, newspapers and other deliveries which would indicate at a glance that no one is home.
  • Establish and attend regular neighborhood meetings with your local crime prevention officer. Find out about local crime trends and what you can do about them.
  • There is a great deal of important crime prevention information available. Become involved, and share information with your neighbors. You can be safe from crime-but only if you care enough to help one another.

Fighting Neighborhood Crime

The most effective means of reducing crime in the neighborhood is an organization of neighbors helping one another.

It's a fact: Concerned neighbors reduce crime.

Putting into practice the time-honored 'good neighbor' policy is still the single most important factor in solving problems-including crime.

You can take steps to make your neighborhood a safer place to live. It costs little more than your interest and cooperation. Is it worth the investment? 


This crime prevention information is brought to you by:

The National Crime Prevention Council
305 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20005

The State of New York
Division of Criminal Justice Services
Office of Funding & Program Assistance
Program Services & Federal Liaison Unit
Executive Park Tower, Stuyvesant Plaza
Albany, NY 12203