Fire Prevention Division

To schedule an inspection with the Fire Prevention Division, please call Fire Prevention at 617-466-4620. Below you will find our four different units and its contact person in the Fire Prevention Division.

Units: Key Contacts:
Division Commander Deputy Chief Stephen Purcell
Fire Investigation Captain Joseph Conlon
Code Enforcement Lt. Omar Frometa
Records/Inspector Firefighter Dylan Beck

Fire Safety Tips

Fire Safety Tips
July Fire Safety Tips: Preventing Fires
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Here are the fire safety tips for the month of July.  See flyer in English or Spanish.

Matches and Lighters are Tools…Not Toys!

Each year, children and youth start many fires. Between 2014 and 2018, there were 428 juvenile-set fires in Massachusetts that caused 4 civilian deaths, 20 civilian and 9 firefighter injuries and an estimated loss of $5.7 million dollars. Fifty-one percent (51%) of these fires were started by children using matches and lighters. The reasons children set fires vary; they may be curious about fire, crying for help, or engaging in delinquent behavior.

Never Allow Children to Play with Lighters or Matches

Children as young as two years old have been able to operate lighters and start fires with them.

Matches and Lighters in a Child's Hands Can Be as Deadly as a Loaded Gun

Keep all matches and lighters out of the reach of children. Store in a high cabinet, preferably a locked one.

Do Not Leave Young Children Unattended

It only takes a few seconds for a fire to start and quickly burn out of control. Other injuries can happen when children are left unsupervised. Children under 12 should not be left alone and should not be left in charge of younger children.

Teach Young Children to Tell a Grown-Up When They See Matches or Lighters

Remind children not to pick up matches or lighters. Praise children when they tell you they see matches and lighters. Tell them to ask an adult to move matches and lighters to a safe place, out of reach of youngsters.

Keep Your Home Safe from Fire

Maintain your smoke alarms. Don't leave candles burning unattended. Plan a home fire escape route and hold a practice drill at least twice a year.

If You or a Family Member Smokes

Be sure that matches and smoking materials are fully extinguished. Wet them under a faucet before disposing of them. Use a child-resistant lighter. Since 1994 all lighters made or brought into this country must be child resistant. Do not disable this feature! Doing so makes the lighter a major fire risk.

Teaching Your Children About Safe Use of Fire Such as Cooking, Heating, and Birthday Candles

Explain that fire is dangerous and only for grown-ups to use carefully. Set a good example by using matches, lighters, flammable liquids and fire safely. Tell children that you will teach them to use matches safely when they are old enough. When your child is old enough, teach them the correct way to light a match. Do this when you are using fire for a reason. For example, let your child light the birthday candles on someone else’s birthday cake.

If Your Child Is Overly Interested in Fire, Has Started a Fire, or Has Played with Matches and Lighters

Your child’s natural curiosity about fire needs to be addressed. Children don’t understand how dangerous fire is or how quickly it can grow and get out of control. All fires start out small and the potential for a deadly fire is very real. If your child is overly interested in fire, has started a fire, or has played with matches and lighters, call your local fire department and ask if they have a juvenile firesetters intervention program.

Forms & Guides

Forms & Guides
Commercial Cooking Operations
Any person engaged in the cleaning and inspection of commercial cooking operations as of January 1, 2010, must hold a Certificate of Competency issued by the State Fire Marshal.

The following schedule of inspection is required:

Systems serving soild fuel cooking operations    Monthly
Systems serving high volume cooking operations Quarterly
Systems serving moderate volume cooking operations Semi-Annually
Systems serving low volume cooking operations Annually

Labels are to be fixed to commercial cooking equipment in accordance with NFPA 96.

The fire departmentshall issue a stop and desist order at any facility that has not complied with this inspection requirement in the past 12 months.
Floor Finishing Regulations
Effective: June 1, 2010

In accordance with 527 CMR Section 10.15, this new regulation applies to all occupancies undergoing floor finishing work while using flammable liquids.

A permit shall be required by the head of the fire department prior to engaging in floor finishing when flammable liquids are going to be used (No subsequent inspection required).

Certain precautions should be taken to reduce the risk of fire or explosion, including but not limited to, the removal of ignition sources and posting warning signs.

A permit is not required in residential building containing 3 units or less as long as a written notification id forwarded to the fire department at least 48 hours in advance of commencing work.