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Our Mission is to protect lives and property as well as improve the quality of life in the town of Ipswich through aggressive fire prevention and education, fire suppression, rescue, medical assistance and hazardous materials control.

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Check your smoke and CO detector batteries

As winter arrives and we all have our doors and windows closed, carbon monoxide is an ever present and growing danger.  Lets be safe and smart about making sure all of our detectors are in working order.

CO alarms should be installed in a central location outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and in other locations where required by applicable laws, codes or standards. Read all of NFPA's Carbon Monoxide safety tips and download the NFPA's free safety tip sheet.

You are going to be seeing some exciting new changes on the Ipswich Fire Department web site.  All of the town web sites are currently being merged so that they are all integrated together making it easier to find what you are looking for.  Some of the exciting changes to the fire department web site will be information/safety blasts, Twitter and Facebook updates on emergency situations in town, and more.

So check back over the next several months and you will see many new changes.

Tips for Safe Fireplace and Wood Stove Use

Keep the area around your wood stove or fire place clean and keep flammable materials away.

Inspect and clean your chimney and wood stove annually. Have a professional chimney sweep do this work for you.

Keep air inlets to wood stoves open. This will help limit creosote buildup that can cause a chimney fire.

Use stovepipe thermometers. If your stove or stovepipe is running too hot the thermometer will help you know that.

Use metal mesh screens. This will keep wood sparks and coals from shooting out from your stove or fireplace onto your rugs or any other flammable material.

Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves. Metal or stone will help reduce incidents of fire.

Don't use flammable liquids to start a wood fire in the home.

Use seasoned hard wood. Soft woods and moist or wet wood will increase creosote buildup in chimneys. Creosote, if it builds up too much, could catch fire.

Try to burn smokeless fires. Less smoke will mean less buildup of creosote in your chimney, less pollution of the environment, and cleaner air for your home.

Keep your roof clear of leaves, pine needles and other burnable materials.

Don't leave your fire unattended.

Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and test monthly if not more. Replace the batteries at least twice a year. You should install Carbon Monoxide (CO) monitors as well.

Don't burn cardboard boxes in your fireplace or wood stove.

Have a fire extinguisher handy in case a fire does occur.

Small hot fires are safer and yield less smoke.

Clear excess ash to prevent clogging of stove's intake vents.

Ensure your stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor. Stove boards can be made of metal or be some type of stone.

Start fires with clean newspaper and dry kindling.

Stack wood off the ground and cover the top of the wood. Prevent the wood from getting exposed to rain.

Plan and practice a family escape plan for your home and family. Plan for multiple methods of escape.

Don't use gasoline, kerosene, charcoal starter, or propane torches to light a fire. Don't use charcoal in a stove or fireplace as it produces an excessive amount of carbon monoxide.

Burn hot bright fires. Burn hot fires at least twice a day to reduce the amount of creosote in the chimney.

Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.

When cleaning out your ashes always put them in a metal container.

Have a SAFE Thanksgiving!  Beware of Turkey Fryers

William Shatner knows firsthand how dangerous turkey fryers can be—so do the firefighters with the Illinois Fire Service, who staged some of the common mistakes, with explosive results.

Watch William Shatner's story: Turkey Fryer Demonstration

Or you can watch the Remixed version here.  It's kind of crazy, but it still gets the point across.

Safe Turkey Frying Tips
1: Avoid oil spillover--don't overfill the pot.
2: Turn off flame when lowering the turkey into oil.
3: Fry outside, away from the house.
4: Properly thaw the turkey before frying.
5: Keep a grease-fire-approved extinguisher nearby.

Ipswich Public Safety is a participating agency of LoJack® SafetyNet™.If you are caring for a person with alzheimer's, autism or other cognitive disorders which a person may wander or get lost, SafetyNet™ by LoJack® helps public safety find and bring your loved ones home quickly. For more information contact firefighter Keith Carlson, or go to the website SafetyNet™ by LoJack®  or1-877-434-6384.
Fire fighters Jeff Stone and Keith Carlson have completed a "Carfit" training course sponsored by AARP and AAA. CarFit is an educational program that offers older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles "fit" them. The CarFit program also provides information and materials on community-specific resources that could enhance their safety as drivers, and/or increase their mobility in the community. Fire fighters Stone and Carlson offer to older adults by appointment, the opportunity to come to fire headquarters for a 12 point CarFit check. Soon at a date to be announced they will be having a CarFit event at the Council on Aging.

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment you can contact them at 978-356-6630 or email them  or . Please visit the CarFit website for more information.

Check if your address is properly posted and meet the requirements of Ipswich's street number by-law. Too often fire, police and ambulance service is delayed finding an address because the address number is either not posted or is not visible from the street from both directions. Please take a moment and check. It is the law in Ipswich and could save a life!

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