Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Test smoke & CO alarms monthly
  • CO alarms are required on every level of the home, including habitable portions of basements and attics
  • Have spare batteries on hand and replace both smoke and CO alarm batteries annually

Learn about our Smoke Detector program

Learn about Home Escape Planning for you and your family

Fire Extinguishers

  • Install a fully charged multi-purpose or ABC fire extinguisher in an accessible location near an exit
  • Make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it
  • Check the pressure gauge to ensure it is fully charged indicated by the needle in the green area
  • Remember, DON’T FIGHT A FIRE unless you call the fire department first!  A fire extinguisher is no substitute for the fire department!

Fireplace Safety

  • Have your chimney and fireplace cleaned and inspected yearly for creosote build-up, cracks crumbling bricks or mortar and any obstructions
  • Place ashes outdoors in a covered metal container at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn
  • Always use a fireplace screen


  • Call 9-1-1
  • Provide as much information as possible
  • Evacuate the home / building
  • Gather together – Account for all residents
  • Provide updates via 9-1-1
  • Direct Barnstable Fire Department Phone: (508) 362-3131

Home Safety Tips

  • Clean up and remove any rubbish, fallen leaves, branches and dried brush surrounding the house
  • Maintain an open area around the house to create a firebreak
  • Check exhaust vents and flues of all fuel-burning appliances to ensure they are free of obstructions or debris
  • Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring


  • Limit propane storage to reasonable quantities
  • Secure propane cylinders with chain
  • Always position grill away from combustible objects – buildings, fences, deck railings and landscaping can quickly ignite
  • Douse hot coals with plenty of water before disposing of them


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  • Fireworks cause thousands of burns and eye injuries each year
  • Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year
  • In 2013, sparklers caused 41% of fireworks injuries
  • Did you know sparklers burn at 1200 degrees Fahrenheit? They are extremely dangerous