Requirements for Smoke and CO Detectors

If your house was built PRE 1975
If your house was built between 1975 & 1997
If your house was built between 1997 & 2007
If your house was built 2008 - present

Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety

Protect your family from carbon monoxide poisoning.


CO is the number one cause of poisoning deaths in the U.S. Hundreds of people die accidentally each year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances. Learn to protect your family from CO. Carbon monoxide gas is produced whenever any fuel (gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal) is burned.

Knowing the signs of CO poisoning can keep your family safe

Carbon monoxide is poisonous, odorless, colorless, and tasteless.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can produce headache, nausea, dizziness, confusion, fainting, unconsciousness, and death. CO poisoning can also mimic flu symptoms.

If you suspect CO exposure: 

  • Get out of the house or car and get fresh air.

  • Call the fire department from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house.

  • If you have symptoms, seek medical help immediately.

Additional Resources

Carbon monoxide safety pamphlet (English)

Carbon monoxide safety pamphlet (Spanish)

Winter carbon monoxide safety pamphlet (English)

Winter carbon monoxide safety pamphlet (Spanish)

Sources of CO

Heating is the leading cause of CO in homes. Here are other sources of CO:

  • Furnaces and water heaters

  • Chimneys and wood stoves

  • Gas and oil fueled space heaters

  • Blocked furnace and dryer vents

  • Car tailpipes blocked by snow

  • Generators

  • Running vehicles

  • Barbecue grills and camping stoves

  • Gas ovens used for heat

  • Gas tools such as snow removal and yard equipment

Additional Resources

Generator Safety

Chimney and Woodstove Safety

CO appliance safety

If appliances that burn fuel are properly maintained and used, the amount of CO produced is usually not hazardous. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions that come with fuel-burning devices. If appliances are broken or are used incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result.

  • Have a qualified service technician inspect appliances yearly, before the heating season.

  • Check vent pipes, flues and chimneys for leaks or blockages.

  • Unvented kerosene heaters are illegal in MA.

  • Never use a charcoal grill indoors.

  • Do not use a gas oven to heat your home.

  • Don’t leave a vehicle running inside a garage, even if the door is open. Fumes will build up quickly inside the home.

  • Snow can block car tailpipes outdoors.

  • Never use gasoline-powered engines (generators, chain saws, blowers, weed trimmers, mowers or snow blowers) indoors or near doors or windows.

This information has been taken from the website

Cooking Fire and Burn Safety

Learn to prevent fires and burns when cooking.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Learn to protect your home and family from cooking fires and burns. 

Cooking safety tips

  • Cover a pan or grease fire with a lid and turn off the heat. Baking soda also works.

  • Don't move a burning pan. 

  • Don't use water or a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. 

  • Stand by your pan. Don't leave food, grease or oils cooking on the stove top unattended.

  • Wear short or tight-fitting sleeves when cooking. 

  • Keep pot handles turned inward to prevent spills.

  • Create a three-foot child-free zone around the stove. Keep pets away also.

  • Keep combustible items like pot holders, towels, and paper or plastic bags away from burners.

  • Don’t put metal in a microwave. Utensils, aluminum foil or twist-tie wraps can cause a fire.

  • Use caution with microwaved food and liquid. They can become very hot. 

  • Unplug appliances like toasters and coffee makers when not in use.

  • Don’t use the oven for storage.

If a fire begins:

  • If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP & ROLL to put out the flames. Put burns in cool running water for 10-15 minutes. Call 9-1-1 for help.

  • For fires inside an oven or microwave, keep the door closed, turn off the appliance, and call the fire department.

Additional Resources

Cooking Fire Safety Campaign & Firehouse Chef Recipes

Grilling Fire Safety

Cooking Safety PDF (English)

Cooking Safety PDF (Spanish)

Cooking Safety PDF (Portuguese)

This information has been taken from the website


Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE)



The department utilizes grant money to provide education to children from Pre-K to Grade 4 on fire safety at home and understanding the Massachusetts SAFE program concept and curriculum.  In Pre-K and K, we provided classroom discussion and demonstration on Stop, Drop and Roll, match and lighter safety, and recognition of fire fighters as friends.  In grades 1 through 3, we provide classroom discussion on learning multiple ways out of a building.  The SAFE Trailer is also available to mimic and how to proceed in smoke condition.  Grade 4 is provided with an interactive discussion and demonstration on understanding safety words and how to recognize, report and correct home hazards. 


The department is also awarded grant money to teach senior citizens about fire and life safety.  The department conducted presentations to the Council On Aging in regards to cooking safety and 911 use.  The grant money also allows the department to purchase and install carbon monoxide alarms, key safes, and address safety signs.   


For more information in a PDF, click HERE

Senior Safe Grant Program Continues:

This year we are continuing our efforts for a safer community.  We continue to offer smoke and co alarm inspection's to senior citizens and if determined a replacement is needed we will install new ones at no cost to you.  If you wish to take advantage of this program, please contact us.


Another great program that is also being offered to seniors in our community are 911 marker signs.  These signs can be installed at the entrance of your driveway to assist first responders in locating your residence.  If you wish to take advantage of this program please contact us.  More information can also be found by clicking HERE.  

For more information in a PDF, click HERE


Winter Weather Safety Social Media Toolkit

What you should know about Winter Weather

  • Know what to do before, during, and after a winter storm.

  • Listen to local officials.

  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.

  • Stay off the road during and after a winter storm.

  • Have a carbon monoxide alarm in place, especially if using alternative heating devices.

  • Use safe heating devices.

Hashtags & Emojis

  • #WinterSafety

  • #WinterStorm

  • Feel free to add some fun emoji’s (the little pictures on your mobile phone keyboard) to your social messages.


Emergency Kit

  • Include enough food, water, meds & anything used daily in your emergency kit to last for at least 72 hrs #WinterSafety

  • Before a #WinterStorm: Have emergency supplies ready in your home; when the storm hits, stay put and off the roads. #WinterSafety

  • #Winter is just around the corner. Get prepared by updating your emergency kit: #WinterSafety 

  • Get ahead of #Winter storms by making sure your emergency kit for your car is fully stocked: #WinterSafety

  • Keep water, non-perishable food, and an extra set of warm clothes in the car in case you get stranded during winter weather. #WinterSafety

  • Prepare for #winter by keeping an emergency supply kit in your car with these extras:

    • Jumper cables

    • Flares or reflective triangle

    • Ice scraper

    • Car cell phone charger

    • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

    • More: #WinterSafety

Outdoors & Traveling

  • Cold can kill. Dress in layers, cover skin and limit time outside.  #WinterSafety

  • Shoveling snow can be a health risk, so remember to take it easy. Learn more at  #WinterSafety

  • Stay off icy roads when #WinterStorm advisories & watches are issued. #WinterSafety

  • #‎WinterWeather travel tip: follow directions from local officials & build an emergency car kit.  More tips

  • Stay off roads during & after a #WinterStorm. If you must drive "Don't Crowd the Plow!" #WinterSafety

  • Hitting the road this winter? An emergency kit for your car might come in handy when you least expect it! #WinterSafety

  • Prepare your car for winter: keep your gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. #WinterSafety

  • Ice and snow, take it slow—slower speed, slower acceleration, slower steering, and slower braking. #WinterSafety

  • #SnowStorm tip: clear snow & ice off of fire hydrants so fire departments can gain access.

  • Layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing will keep you warmer than one bulky sweater. #WinterSafety 

  • When it's freezing limit time outside and check on your neighbors! #WinterSafety

  • Freezing temperatures increase #frostbite risk. Learn the warning signs of frostbite: #WinterSafety

  • Many people die each year from heart attacks brought on by shoveling snow. Pace yourself & get your neighbors involved. #WinterSafety

  • Do your part to keep everyone safe on the roads this winter. Learn more at  #WinterSafety


  • #WinterSafety Tip: Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! More pet prep tips: 

  • Tip: Wipe dog’s paws after each trip outside. Ice-melting chemicals or rock salt can cause irritation, sickness or be fatal #WinterSafety

  • #WinterSafety Tip: Bring your furry friends inside when temperatures take a dip! More pet prep tips:

  • Your pet may think antifreeze is sweet, but it can be deadly. Find out more: #WinterSafety

Heating Safety

  • Space heaters cause 1/3 of home heating fires and 4/5 home heating fires deaths. Protect your family with tips from USFA #WinterSafety

  • Heating is the 2nd leading cause of home fires after cooking. Get #WinterSafety tips from USFA

  • Shivering, memory loss, and slurred speech signs of hypothermia. Learn the other signs here: #WinterSafety

  • Staying warm with a space heater? Make sure it has an auto shut-off in case it tips over. Check a family/friends today #

  • Winter fires can be deadly. When using your fireplace always keep a metal or heat tempered screen around it to stay safe. #WinterSafety

  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away from a fireplace, wood stove, or space heater. #WinterSafety

  • Watch this short video from @usfa to learn how to prevent portable heater fires in your home this #Winter

  • If you’re running a portable generator, you need to have a working Carbon Monoxide alarm in your home. #WinterSafety

  • #WinterSafety Tip: NEVER use a generator, camp stove, charcoal grill, gasoline or propane heater indoors.

  • NEVER heat a home by using the stovetop or oven. #WinterSafety

  • Keep generators outside at least 20 feet away from doors, windows, and vents to avoid accidental CO poisoning. #WinterSafety

  • Wear layered clothing and use blankets to stay warm during a #WinterStorm. #WinterSafety

  • Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths in the U.S. How to keep safe: #WinterSafety

Power Outage Safety

This information has been taken from the website