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 The FIRE BRIGADE

 

 

 June 2017 

 

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State Fire Marshal Offers Outdoor Grilling Safety Tips

“Memorial Day is the traditional launch of the summer barbecue season,” said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, “Take a few minutes for safety and inspect grills for leaks and cracks, and teach children to stay three feet away from any grill in use.”

Check for Leaks “Check to make sure all the connections are tight and secure before firing up the gas grill for the first time this season,” said Fire Marshal Ostroskey. “Using a brush, apply a soapy solution made of one part dish liquid and one part water to the tank connection. If the solution bubbles, you have a leak that needs repair,” said Ostroskey. He recommended checking for and replacing any cracked hoses.

Rules Changed on Grills on Porches, Decks and Patios “Recent changes to the State Fire Code clarify under what conditions it is safe to use grills on decks, balconies and patios,” said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. Grills can only be used on first floor porches, decks, or patios if there is an outdoor stairway to the ground, or the porch is at ground level. Grills are prohibited on any porch, balcony or deck that has a roof, or overhang. For more information, contact your local fire prevention office.

Place Grills Away from Buildings Ostroskey said, “Place grills well away from the exterior of the house to keep any grill fire from also igniting a building. Last year, many of the grill fires started when the grill was placed right up against an exterior wall.” The State Fire Code now clarifies that grills must be 10-feet away from the side of the building, unless the manufacturer instructions specifically state it can be used closer.

Safety First

  • Read and follow the owner’s manual.
  • Always grill outdoors.
  • Place grills 10-feet away from the house. Make sure they are not under eaves, overhanging branches or against the side of the building. Keep them away from deck railings.
  • Grills can be used on open (no roof) first floor porches, decks or patios if there is an exterior stairway to the ground, or it is at ground level.
  • Grills should never be used indoors or on fire escapes.
  • Keep children and pets three feet away from the grill area. Create a circle of safety.
  • Never leave a grill burning unattended.
  • Keep the grill clean by removing grease or fat build-up from the grills and trays below the grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill.
  • If the flame goes out, turn the grill and gas off and wait 15 minutes before relighting.
  • Never use gasoline on any grill!

Shut Off the Gas at the Tank After each use, and before disconnecting the propane tank, be sure to shut off the gas at the tank.

Charcoal Grill Safety Marshal Ostroskey also said, “Practice safety around charcoal grills.” Once the coals have been lit, never add lighter fluid to the fire – flames may travel up the stream of lighter fluid resulting in serious burns. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas that can be deadly. “Make sure to always use charcoal grills outside in a well-ventilated area,” he added,” Let the coals cool completely before disposing in a metal container.”

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5/17/17: Pelham and Amherst Fire Departments at the Pelham Elementary School with the kindergarten class for the Student Awareness of Fire Education (S.A.F.E.) Program.

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5/13/17: Pelham FD at Amherst FD to greet the Boston Box 52 Association bus trip to the Pioneer Valley fire stations.

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All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts.

MGL Chapter 148, section 39

The possession and use of all fireworks by private citizens is illegal in Massachusetts. This includes Class C fireworks which are sometimes falsely called “safe and sane” such as sparklers, party poppers, snappers, firecrackers, spinners and cherry bombs, to name a few. Sparklers burn at 1800ºF.

It is illegal to transport fireworks into Massachusetts, even if they were purchased legally elsewhere. Illegal fireworks can be confiscated on the spot.

Do not purchase fireworks through mail-order or on-line catalogues.

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The launching of Sky Lanterns are prohibited in the Town of Pelham.

Because of the potential fire hazard presented by these devices, the Head of the Fire Department may prohibit their use under the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 148, section 5 as a condition likely to cause a fire.

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Road closing:

PLEASE NOTE THAT NORTH VALLEY ROAD BETWEEN BREWER SWAMP ROAD AND THE COOK JOHNSON CEMETERY ACCESS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY DUE TO A CLUVERT/BRIDGE FAILURE. (For numbers 4 thru 237 enter from lower North Valley Rd., other numbers enter from upper North Valley Rd.)

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Back in Quarters…

Deputy Fire Chief Rich Hall celebrates his birthday on June 1st.

Firefighter John Santos celebrates his birthday on June 24th.