There is a massive recall of approximately 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers. Check out this important article to find out if you have a model that has been recalled. Please also share this information with everyone you know. These extinguishers may be in workplace environments in addition to households.
Wanted to share this with everyone from our Emergency Management Director. This is regarding the closure of Windsor Road for a few weeks while a landslide issue is resolved.
Road Closure Notification in Cheshire:
EMD Corey Swistak reports that Windsor Road from Flaherty Road to Notch Road will be CLOSED to thru traffic effective Monday, November 6 at 8:00am. This closure will continue for approximately 3 weeks or until the road is repaired due to washout.
To Access Notch people can use Jenks, Stafford Hill or Sandmill Road. Cheshire FD will have there mini-pumper at Martin’s Farm to prevent any delay in response.
Any updates will be provided by EMD Swistak and the NB-REPC.
Effective October 27, 2017, Adams Ambulance Service, Inc. will have a unit stationed at the Cheshire Fire Department Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This addition falls within our existing mutual aid agreement and will not monetarily impact the taxpayers of Cheshire.
The number of volunteers has decreased over the years. On weekdays, especially during daytime hours, there are very few volunteers available to respond on calls for service. Medical calls account for the bulk of our department’s calls. Having an ambulance stationed in Cheshire during the weekday hours will improve the response time to such calls.
Thank you to the many volunteers from our department, the staff and board of directors of Adams Ambulance, and to our town officials for recognizing the need to improve. Welcome Adams Ambulance, we’re thrilled to have you here!
- General Safety Tips
- Gas Grill SafetyGas grills are safe and convenient appliances when assembled and used properly. Gas grills bring into play another element, Liquid Propane (LP). LP gas is pressurized and requires special handling and storage. These few tips will make all of your barbecues safe and enjoyable.
Before having an LP cylinder filled, check it for dents, gouges or other signs of disrepair.
When having a cylinder filled, it is important to make sure that the cylinder is not overfilled.
Check and make sure all connections are tight BEFORE turning on the gas. Leaks can be detected by dabbing the connections with a solution of soapy water and turning on the gas momentarily. If bubbles occur, there is a leak and it must be fixed before the grill is used.
Never store a spare LP cylinder under or near a barbecue, heat source or open flame.
Never ignite a gas grill with the lid closed. The propane may accumulate inside, and when ignited, the lid could blow off.
Store extra cylinders outdoors in a shaded area.
ALWAYS insert the POL safety plug into the LP cylinder valve outlet when not hooked up to the grill.
When the LP cylinder is connected, the grill must be kept outside in a well-vented space. Never use gas grills inside a house, garage or any enclosed area, because carbon monoxide may accumulate and could cause serious injury or death.
When finished with the grill, turn off the barbecue burners and the propane cylinder.
The pressure relief valve will release propane if the pressure inside the cylinder becomes too great. Pressure varies according to temperature, regardless of the amount of propane inside.
Liquefied propane gas expands 270 times when converting from a liquid to a gas. This makes LPG a severe explosion hazard if ignited in a confined area.
- Transporting LPG CylindersWhen transporting LPG cylinders it is important to follow these procedures:
Close the valve tightly, even if empty.
Insert the POL plug securely into the valve.
Place the LPG cylinder on the floor, in back of the passenger seat.
Cylinders should never be transported, stored or installed in an enclosed space. In permanent dwellings or recreational vehicles, cylinders must be outside, or in compartments that are sealed from the inside and vented from the outside. This will avoid a dangerous build-up of propane vapors.
- Clean Grill Safe Grill
Charcoal Grill Safety
Every year, people are killed or injured in fires and explosions caused by the malfunction or careless use of grills. If you use common sense, follow your owners’ manual and practice the safety tips provided in this newsletter, your barbecues will be safe and trouble-free.
Massachusetts allows residents to burn brush between January 15 and May 1, depending on weather conditions. You must obtain permission from the town in which you plan to burn brush.
Burning Permits are only issued between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
You may obtain a burning permit online. Please use the online form between 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day that you want to burn brush. Permit availability on a given day will depend on weather conditions.
- You may only burn BRUSH! All other materials are illegal. No leaves, grass, hay, stumps, building debris or any other materials are allowed to be burned.
- All open burning must be a minimum of 75 feet from buildings or structures.
- Burning will be allowed to start at 10:00am and must be extinguished by 4pm.
- Any open fire must be attended at all times by the permit holder.
- No person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in open air at any time except by permission.
- You must be 18 years or older to apply for a permit and/or set, maintain or increase a fire once permission has been granted by the Fire Department.
- You must have an appropriate means to extinguish an open air fire completely at the end of the day or if requested by the Fire Department.
- The Fire Department can refuse or cancel a permit at any time. (Example: Violation of permit regulations, or change in weather conditions.)
- Open burning season is January 15 – May 1.
- Massachusetts Regulation 310 CMR: DEP 7.07 “Open Burning”
You must have internet access and a valid email address to use this system. If problems with this website prevent you from obtaining a permit, you can also request a permit over the phone.
To request a permit in Cheshire, call one of the following:
- Tom Francesconi: 413-743-1957
- Bob Lamb: 413-743-3625
- Jason Mendonca: 413-743-2429
- Mike Biagini – 413-281-9131
- Shawn Martin: 413-743-5025
- Kim Martin: 413-743-5168
- Corey Swistak: 413-743-3279Or, on weekdays call the highway department at 413-743-3376 between the hours of 10 am and 3:30 pm and leave a messageQuestions? Email email@example.com.
- Are fueling-burning space heaters and appliances properly installed and used?
- Are all space heaters placed away from traffic? Are children and elderly persons cautioned to keep their clothing away?
- Has the family been cautioned not to use flammable liquids, like gasoline, to start or freshen a fire (or for cleaning purposes)?
- Is the fireplace equipped with a metal fire screen or heat-tempered glass doors?
- Since portable gas and oil heater in fireplaces use up oxygen as they burn, do you provide proper ventilation when they are in use?
- Are proper clearances provided between space heaters and curtains, bedding, furniture?
- Do you stop members of your household from smoking in bed?
- Do you check up after others to see that no cigarette butts are lodged in upholstered furniture where they can smolder unseen at night?
- Are matches and lighters kept away from small children?
- Do you dispose of smoking materials carefully (not in waste baskets) and keep large, safe ashtrays wherever people smoke?
- Do you have a qualified electrician install or extend your wiring?
- Are there enough electrical outlets in every room and special circuits for heavy-duty appliances such as space heaters and air conditioners?
- Are all electrical cords out in the open—not run under rugs, over hooks, or through door openings? Are they checked routinely for wear?
- Is the right size fuse in each socket in the fuse box and do you replace a fuse with one the same size?
- Children get burned climbing on the stove to reach an item overhead. Do you store cookies, cereal, or other “bait,” away from the stove?
- Do you keep your basement, closets, garage, and yard, clear of combustibles like papers, cartons, old furniture, or old rags?
- Are gasoline and other flammable liquids stored in safety cans (never glass jugs, discarded bleach bottles, or other makeshift containers) and away from heat, sparks, and children?
- Is paint kept in tightly-closed metal containers?
- Are furnace, stove, and smoke pipes far enough from combustible walls and ceilings, and in good repair?
- Is the heating equipment checked yearly by a serviceman?
- Is the chimney cleaned and checked regularly?
- For safety against chimney and other sparks, is the roof covering fire retardant?
- Do all your appliances carry the seal of a testing laboratory?