Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I paint my fire hydrant?
Before painting, please call your local water purveyor for information, rules and guidelines regarding fire hydrants.
Fire hydrants can only be painted if they meet the following conditions: City hydrants with numbers stenciled on them are NOT to be painted. A non-city hydrant must never be painted black and there should be no paint on the metal threads.
- How do I report a leaking fire hydrant?
Call your local water purveyor or district. The water companies are responsible for monitoring the water levels and upkeep of fire hydrants.
- Where can I get my fire extinguisher refilled?
The Unified Fire Authority does not refill fire extinguishers. You can find a local business that does by looking under "Fire Equipment" in the phone book.
- Can I fill my pool, truck tank or pond with water from the fire hydrant?
No. If you feel that you should have special permission to use the fire hydrants for personal purposes, contact your local water purveyor.
- What do I do when my carbon monoxide detector goes off?
Familiarize yourself with your detector so you know the difference between low battery beeps and carbon monoxide alarms. If the alarm sounds, leave the house immediately and call 9-1-1. DO NOT try to find the source or simply open windows to quiet the alarm.
- What is the leading cause of home fires?
Please be responsible and monitor the burning of candles. Never allow a candle to burn unattended and restrict your children's access to matches and other fire-related equipment.
- How do I get a burn permit?
You must obtain a burning permit from the State Farm Bureau by calling 801-233-3020.
- Am I allowed to burn weeds in my backyard?
No. If you own fields or land used for agricultural purposes, you may obtain a burn permit with the State Farm Bureau. If you suspect that a fire on non-agricultural property is taking place, please call 801-840-4000.
For detailed information about agricultural and recreational fires and restrictions, please click here.
- How much fuel or other flammable or combustible materials can I store in my home?
In residential areas, quantities of fuel or gasoline must not exceed the quantities necessary for maintenance purposes and operation of equipment. The maximum allowable quantity for storage of gasoline is 30 gallons. The maximum allowable quantity of diesel fuel is 120 gallons.
- What do I do when someone is blocking a fire lane near my home or business?
If the fire lane is on public property, please call VECC at 801-840-4000
If the blocked fire lane is on private property you must deal with the property owner directly. Contact your private homeowner's association and/or contact a local towing company to make removal arrangements.
If you have any additional questions that have not been addressed on the website, please call the Unified Fire Authority at