Public Safety

Emergency Preparedness

Are YOU ready? Would you know what to do in an emergency?

'EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS' website information: - information from Homeland Security on how to prepare for an emergency. - a Minnesota initiative created to help Minnesotans be informed, organized and connected about emergency preparedness.

Click here  for information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Click here  for information about the Anoka County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

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Motorized Scooters

A law passed in the 2005 legislative session (Laws 2005, chapter 135) generally gives to motorized foot scooters the same rights and responsibilities as bicycles on streets and highways.

View more information about motorized scooters.

Crime Prevention for Homes

Each year in the U.S, there are more than five million home burglaries. Nine out of ten of these crimes are preventable. The risk of being burglarized can be greatly reduced by taking simple steps to make your home more difficult to enter and less enticing to would-be burglars. Remember the greatest weapons in the fight to prevent burglaries are light, time and noise. Click here for Burglary Prevention tips.

School Resource Officer

Recognizing the importance of maintaining a good working relationship with its citizens, as well as educating its youth, the Fridley Police Department developed a School Resource Officer Program, a nationally accepted plan to place a law enforcement officer within schools. 

Read more: School Resource Officer

Carbon Monoxide Safety & Prevention

Carbon monoxide, also known as "CO", is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. The incomplete burning of solid, liquid and gaseous fuel produces it. Any fuel burning appliance in your home is a potential source of CO.

Symptoms of CO:

Shortness of Breath
Symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu but without the fever.

CO Prevention

Make sure appliances are installed according to manufacturer's instructions and local building codes. Most appliances should be installed by professionals. Have the heating system, chimneys and vents inspected and serviced annually. The inspector should also check chimneys and flues for blockages, corrosion, partial and complete disconnections, and loose connections.
Install a CO detector/alarm that meets the requirements of the current UL Standard 2034 or the requirements of the IAS6-96 Standard. Look for a hard-wired or plug-in model with digital readout and a battery backup. The CO detector/alarm should be installed in the hallway near every separate sleeping area of the home. Make sure furniture or draperies do not cover up the detector.

Home Fire Escape Plans

In dwellings, getting out quickly can mean the difference between life and death
Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms, and advance planning-a home fire escape plan that everyone in your family is familiar with and has practiced.

Read more: Home Fire Escape Plans

Smoke Alarms

 Install smoke alarms correctly and test them regularly

Because fire can grow and spread so quickly, having working smoke alarms in your home can mean the difference between life and death. But these life-saving devices are only effective when they're working properly. Smoke alarms with batteries that are dead, disconnected, or missing can't alert you to the dangers of smoke and fire. Follow these tips to ensure that your smoke alarms are installed correctly and tested regularly.

Once the alarm sounds, you may have as few as two minutes to escape. By learning how to effectively use the smoke alarm's early warning to get out safely, you'll reduce your risk of dying in a home fire.

The right way to install smoke alarms:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.
  • Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on your household electrical current. They can be interconnected so that every alarm sounds regardless of the fire's location. This is an advantage in early warning, because it gives occupants extra time to escape if they are in one part of the home and a fire breaks out in another part. Alarms that are hard-wired should have battery backups in case of a power outage, and should be installed by a qualified electrician.
  • If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, have a qualified electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • If you, or someone in your home is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration and/or sound.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  • If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceiling's highest point.
  • Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
  • Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.

A life-saving test: check your smoke alarms regularly

  • Test your smoke alarms once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps" warning that the battery is low. Hint: schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clocks from daylight savings time to standard time in the fall.
  • Never "borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can't warn you of fire if their batteries are missing or have been disconnected.
  • Don't disable smoke alarms even temporarily. If your smoke alarm is sounding "nuisance alarms," try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms, where cooking fumes and steam can cause the alarm to sound.
  • Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarms, following the manufacturer's instructions, can keep them working properly.
  • Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace yours once every 10 years. If you can't remember how old the alarm is, then it's probably time for a new one.
  • Plan regular fire drills to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Hold a drill at night to make sure that sleeping family members awaken at the sound of the alarm. Some studies have shown that some children may not awaken to the sound of the smoke alarm. Know what your child will do before a fire occurs.
  • If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82 percent relative to having neither - a savings of thousands of lives a year.
  • Consider installing smoke alarms with "long-life" (10-year) batteries.
"Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site, ©2004 NFPA." 

 A properly maintained smoke alarm will work forever, right? Not so fast! 

IT'S A FACT: All hardwired or battery-operated smoke alarms, installed before May 2000, should be replaced now!

A smoke alarm's lifespan is 10 years, which means any smoke alarm installed before May 2000 is too old and needs to be replaced. The smoke alarm is no longer reliable. Part of smoke alarm maintenance includes knowing when to replace the unit. The few minutes it takes to replace a smoke alarm can save the lives of roommates, family members, neighbors and firefighters.

More than 3,000 people die in home fires each year, and the majority of them have no working smoke alarms. To prevent these deaths, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is sponsoring the nationwide Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign, which emphasizes that "Smoke Alarms Save Lives."

The USFA offers a few helpful tips on smoke alarms:

Every residence, and place where people sleep, should be equipped with both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual sensor smoke alarms, which contain both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors. Place properly installed and maintained smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas and on every level of your home.
Interconnected smoke alarms are best, because if one sounds, they all sound. Test smoke alarms monthly and change alkaline batteries at least once every year, or as instructed by the manufacturer. You can use a date you already know, like your birthday or when you change your clocks as a reminder. Write the installation date on the inside cover of the smoke alarm for future reference.

Homeowners, landlords and renters should check to verify exactly when each smoke alarm in the home was installed. If any smoke alarm was installed before May 2000, now is the time to have it replaced.


Emergency Operation Plan

The City of Fridley Emergency Operations Plan meets the requirements of the new National Incident Management Systems (NIMS). The incorporation of NIMS within the City's Emergency Operations Plan serves to unify federal, state and local response procedures, and facilitate the coordinated response of all levels of government.

Download the pdf2011 City of Fridley Emergency Operations Plan203.14 KB.

Internet Safety

You can minimize the chance of an Internet mishap by adopting these practices:

  • Protect your personal information. It's valuable.
  • Know who you're dealing with.
  • Use anti-virus software and a firewall, and update both regularly.
  • Make sure your operating system and Web browser are set up properly and update them regularly.
  • Protect your passwords.
  • Back up important files.
  • Learn who to contact if something goes wrong online.

Read more: Internet Safety


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  • Police Department

    Director of Public Safety: Donovan W. Abbott

    Fridley squad car763-572-3629

    The Police Department is located in the lower level of the Fridley Municipal Center at 6431 University Avenue NE in Fridley, Minnesota. Redesigned in 1989, the facility has offices, holding cells, a firing range, heated garages for squads and equipment, locker rooms and an emergency operations center.

    The department provides around the clock police service with 40 sworn peace officers and 15 full- or part-time civilian staff. A Public Safety Director and two Captains, each in charge of a Division, administer the department. The Field Operations division consists of the uniformed patrol officers and non-sworn community service officers. The Technical Services division includes Information Services, Special Projects and Investigation.


    Mission Statement

    Our mission is to promote a safe and desirable city by partnering with the community to preserve life, protect property, and defend rights. We will strive to enhance public trust through quality leadership, education and respect for all. We will enforce laws with impartiality, and we will provide all service with integrity and the highest degree of professional behavior.
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