- When is open burning season?
- How do I get a permit or smoke detector certificate?
- How do I get a copy of a fire report?
- How often should I change my smoke detector batteries?
- Will the Fire Department come out and inspect or replace the batteries in the smoke detector in the home of my elderly mother?
- How do I get one of those red house number markers?
- Do you refill or recharge fire extinguishers?
- Where are smoke detectors required to be located?
Northampton residents are allowed to burn brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris – not including grass, hay, leaves or stumps – between January 15 and May 1. If you would like to burn in those months, you must call Northampton Public Safety at 587-1100 to request a [free] burning permit. Once a permit is obtained, you must call the day you intend to burn to notify dispatch (587-1100).
Call Melissa Browsky in the administrative office at 587.1032 to schedule an appointment.
Please send a letter requesting this information to Chief Brian Duggan, 26 Carlon Drive, Northampton, MA 01060. Your request will be answered as soon as possible.
The Northampton Fire Department recommends changing your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries twice a year, when you change your clock in the spring and fall.
Will the Fire Department come out and inspect or replace the batteries in the smoke detector in the home of my elderly mother?
Yes. The Fire Department has a program to provide free smoke detectors/batteries for elderly residents. To make an appointment to have a detector installed, call (413) 587-1032.
The Northampton TRIAD Committee coordinates the posting of house numbers. A donation of $5.00 is suggested but not required. To request a number, call the Fire Department or the Council on Aging and leave your name, phone number and property address.
No, the Fire Department does not provide this service. The phone book lists a number of vendors who sell and service fire extinguishers under ‘Fire Extinguishers’ in the yellow pages.
Per M.G.L. Chapter 148, Section 26E, smoke detectors are required in residential structures on each level of habitation and the basement level. Such smoke detectors shall be installed “on the ceiling of each stairway leading to the floor above, near the base of, but not within each stairway and . . . outside each separate sleeping area.”