A message from the Billerica Fire Prevention Bureau –
The Massachusetts State Fire Code & Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) allows outdoor recreational and cooking fires provided the following conditions are met:
- The fire and smoke must not pose a hazard to any property.
- The smoke must not create a nuisance or health hazard in the neighborhood.
- A hose or fire extinguisher capable of extinguishing the fire must be within 25 feet of the fire.
- Only ordinary firewood may be burned. NO trash, preservative-treated wood, plywood, leaves, hazardous waste, construction debris, or chemicals may be burned at any time.
- The chiminea, outdoor fireplace, or fire pit must be on a non-combustible surface and must not be under any type of overhang, roof, or canopy. It must be at least 25 feet from any combustible wall or other combustible material.
- A competent adult must be in attendance at all times.
Please remember that any fire should always be considered a hazard to curious children.
A permit is not required, but we do recommend you notify us of your fire by calling 978-671-0940. If the fire department is called to your home for any type of outside fire, we reserve the right to extinguish or order any fire be extinguished at the fire officer’s discretion.
The Billerica Fire Department would like to remind you that when Daylight Savings Time arrives on March 13, 2016 and you change your clock, please also remember to change the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms. Please remember that even hardwired detectors need fresh batteries! These detectors depend on battery power to sound properly during critical events such as power outages and fires in which electrical breakers may trip!
The Epidemic of Liquid and Steam Burns
Children and Older Adults Most At-Risk
Each year, over 450,000 burn injuries occur in the United States that are serious enough to require medical treatment. Between 2007 and 2013, the proportion of burn center admissions due to scald burns increased from 29.8% to 33.7%.
Join us in the fight to prevent severe burn and scald injuries!
Tips to Stay Safe
- Set your water heater at 120 degrees F/48 degrees C or just below the medium setting.
- Use a thermometer to test the water coming out of your bath water tap.
- Run your hand through bath water to test for hot spots.
- Use back burners and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so children cannot pull them down.
- Use oven mitts when cooking or handling hot food and drinks.
- Stir and test food cooked in the microwave before serving. Open heated containers away from you from back to front.
- Keep children away from the stove when cooking by using a safety gate for younger children and marking with tape a 3-foot “no-kid zone” for older children.
- Keep hot drinks away from the edge of tables and counters and avoid using tablecloths and placemats.
- Use a “travel mug” with a tight-fitting lid for all hot drinks.
- Never hold or carry a child while you have a hot drink in your hand.
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It’s that time of year again! The Billerica Firefighters Local 1495 will be collecting toy donations in support of the Toys for Tots campaign this season! The Billerica Fire Department is an official Toys for Tots drop off location. Now through Christmas, new, unwrapped toys can be donated at any of the 5 fire stations in town. Your support is really needed this holiday season. For more information on the Toys for Tots campaign, please click here.
What a wonderful day had by all! We thank everyone who stopped by our open house today!