Posted on July 12, 2016

Electric Bathroom Exhaust Fan Fire Hazard

55 Township Road
Richboro, Pennsylvania 18954-1592
Township Administration - (215) 357-6800
Fax: (215) 357-1251

Anthony Brummans-Property Manager

Village Shires Community Association
3001 East Village Road
Holland, Pa 18966

Dear Anthony,

Recently, the Northampton  Township Fire Company responded to two fires in residential structures within the Village Shires Community. These fires involved the failure of electric bathroom exhaust fans. Over the last 10 years, we experienced two additional fires involving similar fixtures. In three cases, the residents reported that the fan units were inoperative, or when powered on emitted a humming noise.

In light of the above information, I am recommending that all residents within Village Shires review the condition of their bathroom fans as soon as possible. If their fans are inoperative, or making an unusual noise, they should immediately have the power disconnected to the unit, and consider replacement. As many of these units are 30 years old or older, I believe it would prudent for all residents to consider replacement of these units. Residents with questions can contact me at 215-357-6800.

Northampton Township
Frank H. Fenton
Fire Marshal