Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Requirements

NOTICE     Deferral of all Smoke and CO Alarm Inspections has ended.

All smoke and carbon monoxide alarm inspections on any real estate sold between March 20, 2020 and July 10, 2020 must take place by Oct 9, 2020.  Please contact the Groton Fire Dept at 978-448-6333 to book an appointment.  We are scheduling our inspections on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  If you have questions about preparing your home for an inspection, please click on the link below:

Burning Season 2021  - burning season runs from Jan 15th through May 1st each year
The State determines each day whether conditions are safe for open burning.  Weather and air quality can change rapidly,
especially in the spring, and fire departments can rescind permits when that happens. To apply or activate your burn permit, please visit the Burn Permit website.
Open burning must be done:
  •         Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from January 15 to May 1
  •         At least 75 feet from all buildings 
You are allowed to burn:
  • Brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris (but not from commercial or industrial land clearing)
  • Agricultural materials including fruit tree and bush prunings, raspberry stalks, and infected bee hives for disease control.
  • Trees and brush from agricultural land clearing
  • Fungus-infected elm wood, if no other acceptable means of disposal is available
You may not burn:
  • Brush, trees, cane or driftwood from commercial or industrial land clearing
  • Grass, hay, leaves, stumps or tires
  • Construction materials or demolition debris
  • Household trash

How Do I Safely Start & Tend a Fire?

  • An adult should always be present and attend the fire until it is completely extinguished.
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance away.
  • Burn away from any utility lines.
  • Use paper and kindling to start the fire and add progressively larger pieces of wood.
  • Pieces of a discarded Christmas tree make good kindling.
  • To avoid the risk of personal injury, never use gasoline, kerosene or other flammable liquid as a fire starter.
  • Burn one small pile of material at a time and slowly add to it. This helps keep the fire from getting out of control.
  • Keep fire extinguishing materials handy. These should include a water supply, shovels and rakes.
  • The water supply can be a pressurized water fire extinguisher, pump can, or garden hose. Test the water source before lighting the fire.
  • Put the fire out if winds pick up or the weather changes. Use common sense.
  • Don't wait for the fire department to tell you that it has become unsafe to burn. Most fires get out of control during sudden wind changes.
  • If the fire gets out of control, call the fire local department right away to prevent personal injury and property damage.
  • You could be held liable for firefighting costs, as well as face fines or jail time, if you burn illegally or allow a fire to get out of control
  • (see M.G.L. c.48, s.13).

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