Fire Safety & Prevention

Any Fire Safety or Code Compliance Questions Contact:

Capt. James Pollard-Inspector

FF/EMT Kenneth Trofatter-Quarterly Inspections

Office #: (978)465-3631

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Fire Safety Facts

Fire deaths

  • In 2002, 79% of fires in the United States occurred in the home, resulting in 2,670 fire deaths.
  • In the U.S., someone dies from a home fire roughly every 197 (2002) minutes.
  • In Canada, someone is fatally injured in a home fire roughly every 31 hours. 
  • Roughly half of all home fire deaths in the U.S. resulted from fires that were reported between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. But only one-quarter of home fires occur between those hours. 
  • Although children five and under make up about 9% of the country's population, they accounted for 17% of the home fire deaths.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of home fire deaths overall, but in the months of December, January and February, smoking and heating equipment caused similar shares of fire deaths.

Smoke alarms

  • Since the 1970's, when smoke alarms first became widely available to households in the United States, the home fire death rate has been reduced by half.
  • Nineteen of every 20 homes (95%) in the U.S. have at least one smoke alarm.
  • More than half of home fire deaths result from fires in the 5% of homes with no smoke alarms.  
  • In one-quarter of the reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work, most often because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries.
  • In a 1999 survey, only eight percent of those whose smoke alarms had sounded in the past year initially thought that a fire had caused the alarm to sound and thought they should get out of their homes as a result.
  • Smoke alarms that a