Seasonal Fire Safety

This summer the Walpole Fire Department offers you these tips for a safe season.  This information is made available from the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the US Fire Administration.

 Summer Storm Fire Safety

The USFA offers additonal safety tips through their website at this link.

Safety Tips

The Walpole Fire Department and the Office of the State Fire Marshall offer some more safety information for you this summer.

Protect yourself, your family and your home from the potential threat of fire during or after a summer storm. Learn More

 fireworksEvery year Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics, and the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, also brings fires and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor grills. Annually just under 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires. In 2007, 64 percent of fireworks injuries occurred between June 22 and July 22.

Families also enjoy camping in the summer. It is important to follow the park's rules for the use and extinguishing of campfires.

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer.

Fireworks Safety

  • All fireworks are illegal in Massachusetts.

  • The best way to enjoy fireworks is to visit public fireworks displays put on by professionals who know how to safely handle fireworks.

  • 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.

  • The distribution of mail-order catalogues that clearly state that fireworks are illegal in some jurisdictions cannot be prohibited. State and local police regularly confiscate illegal shipments of fireworks into Massachusetts. Many unhappy consumers have lost both their money and the fireworks trying to circumvent the law.

Barbecue Safety

  • Before using a grill, check the connection between the propane tank and the fuel line. Make sure the venturi tubes - where the air and gas mix - are not blocked.

  • Do not overfill the propane tank.

  • Do not wear loose clothing while cooking at a barbecue.

  • Be careful when using lighter fluid. Do not add fluid to an already lit fire because the flame can flashback up into the container and explode.

  • Keep all matches and lighters away from children. Teach your children to report any loose matches or lighters to an adult immediately. Supervise children around outdoor grills.

  • Dispose of hot coals properly - douse them with plenty of water, and stir them to ensure that the fire is out. Never place them in plastic, paper or wooden containers.

  • Never grill/barbecue in enclosed areas - carbon monoxide could be produced.

  • Make sure everyone knows to Stop, Drop and Roll in case a piece of clothing does catch fire. Call 911 or your local emergency number if a burn warrants serious medical attention.


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Summer Safety

Leave Fireworks to the Pros

Be sure your smoke detectors are working

Chimney and Wood stove Safety.


Remember to also keep the address numbers on your home visible from the street to enable your home to be found quickly.