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Are electric space heaters legal and are they safe? 

Yes, they are legal and only safe when instructions are strictly followed.  All portable heaters should be kept at least 3 feet from any combustible items.

How many smoke detectors should I have and where should they be placed?

At least one smoke detector on every floor (including the basement) and one in every bedroom.

Does the Fire Department recommend CO (carbon monoxide) detectors?

Yes, at least one and it should be placed on the first floor.

What type of extinguishers and how many are recommended for the home?

A minimum of one 5-pound ABC extinguisher accessible to the kitchen area.  Always keep the fire in front of you with your back toward the exit.

How do I become volunteer fire-fighter?

• Be cleared by Police Department criminal background check

• Complete the Essentials of Fire-Fighting Course, First Aid/CPR and the Hazardous-Materials Operations Level

For more information call 508-627-5167

Are there restrictions for cooking on an outdoor grill?

Yes.  Grills must be placed a minimum of 10 feet from a structure and cannot be located on a fire escape or path of egress.  The smoke generated from the grill cannot cause a nuisance.

Will the Fire Department cover my roof if it begins to leak during a rain or snow storm?

No.  The Department will respond if high winds blow off the roof, or a substantial portion of it.  The on-duty Chief will evaluate the situation and determine what action, if any, will be taken.

Does the Fire Department rescue cats from trees?

No. The Fire Department will only respond at the request of the Humane Society or Animal Rescue League if they cannot help the animal and only if it is entrapped.

Does the Fire Department pump water from flooded basements?

Not until the cause of the flooding stops and the water fails to drain on its own.  The Department will respond during flooding to shut off and secure utilities (furnaces, heaters and electrical distribution equipment) that are endangered by rising water.

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

National Interagency Fire Center


Nacional Hurricane Center

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Town of Edgartown

Application for Certificate of Compliance for Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Permits for fuel and oil burning equipment and storage

EMS Cape Cod

Edgartown Emergency Preparedness Guide

Cape Cod and Islands Chapter American Red Cross

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