Community Risk Reduction

Here at Chatham Emergency Services, we strive to ensure that our community is not only safe, but prepared for anything and everything. Use the resources on this page to help keep you and your loved ones safe!

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We will provide all the necessary tools, tips and tricks to keep your family safe during all seasons.

Safety for the community is our priority and it starts with you!

Smoke Detectors

Smoke alarms save lives. Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. Our department has partnered with American Red Cross to placed smoke detectors in homes in our coverage area. Click on the link below for our S.A.F.E Program.


Install smoke alarms in every bedroom.

They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every floor.

It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.



Change your clocks, change your batteries.

Test your smoke alarms at least once a month.

Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years.


Gate Codes and Knox

Locked doors and secured entry points can delay emergency response. Enable first responder rapid access by installing a secure UL listed KnoxBox that houses entry keys and access cards. KnoxBox can be used for residential, commercial, and gate entry. Responders have a special key that grants access.

Knox Box Keys

Our department has a responsibility to protect lives and property. Installing a KnoxBox is a way to give access to your home/business after hours. If you need assistance with having your Knox Box locked you can fill out the form HERE or call our non emergency dispatch line at 912-920-3273.

Gate Codes

Having a gate on an apartment complex or business will protect your facility from unwanted guess, but it may also not allow our department to gain access during an emergency. Our department will be out in the coverage are on Thursday to ensure we have the right code. The community can help by making sure we have the appropriate codes and ClicktoEnter is installed and working correctly. Click here for more information.

Fire Hydrants

Ensuring fire hydrants are working properly and visible are a vital part of fire fighting operations. Help our department and the communities by making sure the area around hydrants are clear. Non-hydrant areas can also look at placing a dry hydrant in the community to assist in water supply.

Wet Hydrants

Wet hydrants are hydrants that are connected to large water system. Water is supplied through the distribution system creating at least 1000 gallons per minute of water. There are a few wet hydrants on private water systems, but they can not be used to supply water to a fire apparatus. In a private water system the hydrant is supplied by a well or storage tank.

Dry Hydrants

A dry hydrant is a pre-installed pipe that is submerged into a static water source and has a fire department connection on the other end. This allows for fire crews to draft from water sources such as lagoons, ponds, etc.

Local Permits

Our department is always ready to respond to emergencies, but teaching the community ways to protect themselves in also part of the job. Following local laws and agencies guidelines can help reduce injury and property damage. Click the link for the Chatham County code on burn permits.

Digging Permits

Notifying Georgia 811 before you do any mechanized digging is important for many reasons: your safety, and the safety of those near your digging project; preventing environmental damage and utility service interruptions; and, avoiding project delays, expensive repairs and legal problems. In Georgia, it’s the law! For safety’s sake, it’s always best to notify Georgia 811 about any digging project you may have – even if your project is small. Click here for a digging permit.

Burn Permits

More than half of the wildfires in Georgia start because of careless debris burning. Certain weather conditions also increase the chance of fire. These include warm temperatures, wind, low humidity and atmospheric instability. GA Forestry does not require a burn permit for hand piled natural vegetation, but you are still responsible for following their “Take Five” rules. (1) Space – you must have 25′ of more between burn pile and other brush/woodlands. (2) Space – you must have 50′ from any structure. (3) Time – your burn can only be from sunrise up to sunset. (4) Attendance – the person responsible for the fire must remain on site until fire is extinguished. (5) Reasonable Precautions – pressurized water source, tools for fire containment, and weather awareness.

Pulse Point

PulsePoint is an app provided by CES that helps enable community responders who are trained and willing to provide CPR to those in need. Learn more about this powerful app and see how you can help save a life in the community by following the button below.

Community Safety Tips:

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Beware of Smoke

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Close Before You Dose

Close Before You Dose

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Holiday Safety Tips

Holiday Safety Tips

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Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

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Prepare to Protect Fire Safety

Prepare to Protect Fire Safety

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Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety

Electricity is a wonderful thing, especially in the hot Savannah summers. But remember it is one of the major hazards of your home. In 2014-2018, electrical distribution or lighting equipment, such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs, was involved in an estimated...

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