Below please find a few of the common inquiries we receive. For any additional questions, feel free to send an email using the information in the contact us section, or call the fire department directly during business hours.
How do I obtain a burn permit?
To obtain a burn permit you must submit an application to the BFD. Applications are available at the BFD between 8am and 9pm, everyday. A $5 fee is due with the submission of the application.
When can I burn?
This year's burn season is from 1/15/2017 to 5/1/2017. You MUST contact the BFD via phone or email between the hours of 0800 and 1000 on the day you would like to burn. This enables us to inform you of any state restrictions placed on burning during a given day and allows us to track the burning occurring in town.
Please be advised that burning is allowed strictly from 1000 to 1600 each day. The fire MUST be supervised at all times, until the fire is completely extinguished.
When you contact the BFD, you will be asked to provide your name, address, phone number, and burn permit.
Why do I have to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms?
In November of 2005 “Nicole’s Law” was signed into law; this law places certain requirements on owners of all residential properties to install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.
Carbon monoxide, known as the Invisible Killer, is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas that is produced as a result of the incomplete burning of fuels such as natural gas, propane, heating oil, wood, coal and gasoline. Each year many people die from accidental CO poisoning and thousands more are injured. This law was passed to protect all of us from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
How do I know if I have carbon monoxide poisoning?
The first symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to that of the flu and as a result are often overlooked. They include:
- Shortness of breath
If you think you have symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning or your CO alarm is sounding, contact the Fire Department and leave the building immediately.
What kinds of CO alarms are allowed under "Nicole's Law"?
There are several types of alarms that are allowed; they include:
- Battery powered with battery monitoring
- Plug-in (AC powered) units with battery backup
- AC primary powered (hard-wired) with battery backup
- Qualified combination smoke detectors and CO alarms
Where do I have to put these CO alarms?
In most residences, carbon monoxide alarms are required to be located on every level of the home or dwelling unit including habitable portions of basements and attics. On levels with sleeping areas the alarms must be placed within ten feet of the bedroom doors. Carbon monoxide alarms should not be placed in garages.
How often should I change my fire alarm and CO detector?
Smoke alarms and CO detectors must be replaced after a manufacturer-specified time in ensure their effectiveness in an emergency. To remain effective, smoke alarms should be completely replaced every 10 years. CO detectors should be replaced every 5 years to remain effective. Combination smoke alarms and CO detectors should be replaced every 5 years, as the CO sensor should be replaced.
How do I install my child's car seat?
Contact Fire Headquarters, and one of our qualified child passenger safety technicians (CPSTs) will assist you.