Fire Safety for Residents

New Information Class Available

New Information course for Homeowners:Household Hazardous Materials-A Guide for Citizens is presented by the US Fire Administration and offers FREE information and education about household chemicals.

Residents must have the street number for their home displayed so it is visable from the street, please read Chapter 505 of the Walpole Town By-Laws: Ch505_street_names_numbers

Residential Smoke Detectors are required in all homes. The location of detectors varies slightly based on when the home was built, however, if the home has or is under significant renovation/additions then the entire home must be brought up to date with current requirements. Carbon Monoxide detectors are also required if the residents has fossil fuel burning equipment such as natural gas, propane, heating oil, or wood burning appliances.

A Summary of Changes for Home in Massachusetts

Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are your first, and many times, your only life saving defense against fires and CO poisoning. In 2014, almost one-quarter of residential fire victims had no working smoke alarms to warn them. In 12% of these fires, smoke alarms were present but failed to operate.

Massachusetts law requires working smoke and CO alarms in all residences. This page will help you determine the type of alarms you need, where they need to be located, and how to maintain them.  Additionally, you may be required to obtain a Certificate of Compliance indicating your home meets these requirements should you wish to sell your home.

This guide is available if your home was built before 1975 and has not been renovated.

This guide is provides information for all 1 and 2 familly residents:A guide for consumers is available for download here. (will open in a new window)

Feel free to contact the fire station if you have any questions.

test your alarmSmoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors should be tested monthly and have their batteries checked and/or changed bi-annually to ensure they are in proper working order. Even hardwired electrical or plug in detectors must have a back up battery that should be checked. Most manufacturers give smoke detectors a 10 year life span before the detector should be replaced, and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors have a 7 year life span, check your manufactures literature for their recommendations.


senior fire safetyThe United States Fire Administration has made a booklet titled:

"Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults"

This booklet has infomation that individual and their families can review.

 The American Red Cross offers this Guide for Disaster Preparedness for Seinors by Seinors. More Information is available through the Red Cross web site at: