Sump Pump Safety

The Milton Fire Department frequently responds to potentially serious incidents of sump pumps overheating in residential homes.The severity of these incidents can result in thousands of dollars in financial losses for home owners/occupants, and some cases can cause serious injury or death. 

After extensive investigation, research and consultation, the Milton Fire Department wants to share their learnings with residents to ensure they are well informed about how to prevent sump fires in their homes in the future.

Sump pump recommendations:

  • Choose a submersible pump as a safer alternative instead of a stem or column style of pump:
Use this type of submersible sump pump Do not use this type of pedestal sump pump
Submersible Sump Pump Pedestal Sump Pump
  • Keep the area around the pump free of all combustibles.
  • Ensure supply pipes to the pump are clear of clogs; the pit should be free of debris and the pump should kick on and off as intended.
  • Check sump pumps before it rains, at least once in the fall and once in the spring. Use a garden hose or a bucket of water to fill up the sump and make sure the pump starts, runs properly, drains water properly, and then switches off.
  • Keep submersible pumps level and column/stem pumps vertical.
  • Ensure the motor is not tilted as that may cause damage from internal overheating.
  • If there is any suspicion of malfunction with your sump pump, call for an inspection.