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State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan issued a fire safety warning as we enter a weekend of extremely cold weather, perhaps the coldest in years. “This weekend will tax our heating and electrical systems as we try to stay warm, so a little caution can help you make you it safely through the extreme weather,” said Coan.

Make Sure Smoke Alarms and CO Alarms are Working

“One of the simplest steps for safety you can take is to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working. They will give you the earliest possible warning that something is wrong so you can escape safely,” said Coan.

“Keep thermostats set at the lowest comfortable temperature as furnaces may struggle to keep the house warm; wear warm clothes and put an extra blanket on the bed,” said Coan. “If you run out of oil, or lose power, consider going to the home of a friend or relative who has heat rather than relying in alternative heating sources,” he added.

Space Heaters

“Cold snaps like this is when we tend to see space heater fires and one of every seven space heater fires in the past five years has caused a fire death,” he said. “Space heaters need space, so use them in a 3-foot circle of safety, free of anything that catch fire.” He added, “Space heaters are not designed to replace your central heating system, they are only designed to provide a little extra heat on a temporary basis. So be sure to turn them off when you leave room or go to bed at night.”

Overloaded extension cords cause many space heater fires. It is best not to use extension cords with heat producing appliances, but if you must, make sure it is rated for the same wattage as the appliance and use only one.

Wood, Coal and Pellet Stoves

“Already this winter heating season we have had numerous serious fires from the improper disposal of ashes from fireplaces, wood and pellet stoves,” said Coan. “A single ember can remain hot for days, so put ashes in a metal container with a lid away from the house, the garage, the deck,” he added. Several recent fires started with ashes put into plastic bags, cardboard boxes, and plastic trash bins, in the garage, or under the deck.

“Don’t over fire your woodstove this weekend. An overtaxed woodstove can easily start a chimney fire taking advantage of creosote build-up or minor cracks in the flue or causing a breakdown in the chimney liner,” said Coan. Heating appliances are the leading cause of carbon monoxide in the home and the risk increases when they are working harder. For more information go to


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Prevent Freezing Pipes

Let water drip a trickle to prevent pipes from freezing and open cupboards under sinks to let heat circulate around the pipes

This is a home we responded to where the heat was not operating properly.

Don't let this happen to your home.


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!

The open burning season started January 15th and runs through May 1st . In order to burn you must first obtain an open burning permit at the IFD Fire Prevention Office. Permits are issued Monday through Friday 8 AM to 6 PM and Saturday 7 AM to 2 PM. The open burning permit is valid for the entire season. Cost of the permit is $10.00, payable by check made out to the Ipswich Fire Department or by cash. If paying by cash, you must have the exact dollar amount.

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