Fire Prevention and Safety

Each year, more than 4,000 Americans die in fires, more than 25,000 are injured in fires, and more than 100 firefighters are killed while on duty. Eighty three percent of all civilian fire deaths occur in residences. Many of these fires could have been prevented. Cooking is the third leading cause of fire deaths and the leading cause of injury among people ages 65 and older. Direct loss due to fires is estimated at nearly $8.6 billion annually. Intentionally set structure fires resulted in an estimated $664 million in property damage. Join us in helping to reduce these statistics through education, prevention, and safety.

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Fire Safety Presentations

Did you know that your school, group, business or association can visit our fire station and learn about the day-to-day operations of firefighting and EMT crews? Interested in a fire prevention presentation at your location? Contact us to schedule a program or visit our station. We've got programs for all ages to help your group learn more about fire prevention and safety. Together, we can make our community a safer place to live.

Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and planning

Your ability to get out depends on advance warning from smoke alarms and planning

Escape Planning

Fire can spread rapidly through your home, leaving you as little as one or two minutes to escape safely once the alarm sounds. A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Walk through your home and inspect all possible exits and escape routes. Households with children should consider drawing a floor plan of your home, marking two ways out of each room, including windows and doors. Also, mark the location of each smoke alarm. For easy planning, download an escape planning grid (PDF, 1.1 MB). This is a great way to get children involved in fire safety in a non-threatening way.

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Outdoor Burning

Under Vermont Air Pollution Regulations, the open burning of natural wood and yard waste from property maintenance, property clearing, and so forth is allowed. Open burning of trash is never allowed in Vermont, however, there are still reports of illegal burning across the state. The burning of garbage, tires, rubber, plastic, waste oil, asphalt materials, asbestos, pressure-treated wood, and plywood are all prohibited.