Open burning season begins on January 15, 2018 and ends on May 1, 2018. In order to burn residents must obtain a permit from the Brewster Fire Department and follow the regulations guiding open burning established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts including the daily notification to the fire department via our automated burn line.
Burn permits may be purchased Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at fire headquarters or via mail using the on-line application available at brewsterfire.com. Residents with further questions regarding the Open Burn season may call fire headquarters at 508-896-7018.
You may also visit brewsterfire.com and click on the Fire Prevention link then click on Open Burning Rules & Regulations to obtain further information on the process necessary to obtain a permit and on the method required to utilize the mandatory daily brush fire call in phone line.
The Brewster Fire Department retains the right to suspend burning during unacceptable weather conditions and revoke the permits of those individuals violating State open burning regulations. We respectfully request all residents take the time to read the safety precautions and rules regarding open burning and to be considerate of your neighbors and the environment when conducting these fires.
Remember, Burn Safely, Burn Responsibly!
On December 18 Fire Department personnel conducted a final inspection of our new Squad 241 at the Ferrara Fire Apparatus plant in Holden, LA. A number of minor issues were found during the inspection process which included a complete and detailed review of the vehicles specifications and construction from the frame to the finished paint. After making these final adjustments and revisions to the multi-functional apparatus Louisiana it was delivered to Specialty Vehicles Inc, in North Attleboro who is the local Ferrara dealer for final preparation, lettering, and tool mounting. The vehicle is replacing two older fire apparatus (Heavy Rescue 241 and Engine 233) which will be traded in as part of the contract. Delivery to Brewster is scheduled for February 1.
The Brewster Office of Emergency Management wants to ensure that the residents of the Brewster are prepared for severe weather. In Massachusetts, a winter storm may range from a moderate snowfall over several hours to a Nor’easter with blizzard conditions that lasts for days. Severe winter weather may be accompanied by dangerously cold weather, strong winds, coastal flooding, and heavy snow. Residents of Brewster must be prepared for prolonged power outages, difficult to impossible travel, and stores and businesses being closed. As we move into winter we encourage all residents to stay informed of changing weather conditions, build home and car emergency kits, have family and business emergency plans, and take some simple steps to mitigate the impacts of severe weather.
Stay Informed – Monitor changing winter weather conditions and receive emergency alerts.
• Download the free Massachusetts Alerts app for your iOS or Android device for weather alerts from the National Weather Service and messages from MEMA. Visit www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp
• Monitor local TV stations for the latest storm updates.
• Sign up for your community’s emergency alerting system by contacting local public safety officials.
• Have a battery operated radio to monitor news and weather in case of a power outage.
Build an Emergency Kit – Have an emergency kit in your home and car in case you lose power, are isolated in your home, or become stranded in your vehicle during severe winter weather.
• For Your Home – Have enough food, water, batteries, flashlights, medicine and other supplies in an emergency kit to last for at least 72 hours.
• For Your Vehicle – Store emergency supplies in your car’s winter emergency kit in case your vehicle breaks down or you become stranded during cold weather.
Make an Emergency Plan – Make a plan with your family and household members for what to do and how to communicate in an emergency.
• Identify friends or family that you might stay with if you lose power during cold weather.
• If you receive medical treatments or home health care services, work with your medical provider to determine how to maintain care and service if you are unable to leave your home for a period of time during a winter storm.
• If you have transportation needs, work with local transportation providers and/or disability services (Council-on-Aging) to plan ahead for accessible transportation.
• Provide every family member with the name, address, and phone number of the family’s emergency contact.
Steps to Mitigate the Impacts of Severe Weather – Prepare your home by removing dead or rotting trees and branches, check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working, insulate your home, and take other actions to prepare your home for winter weather. Additionally, winter storms can cause extended power outages which can be dangerous during extreme cold weather. Have alternate phone charging methods, learn how to use your emergency generator safely, plan for your unique medical needs and take other steps to prepare for power outages.
When driving in winter weather, keep your gas tank at least half full, ensure adequate tire tread and pressure, and check your antifreeze level, battery, defroster, windshield wipers, wiper fluid, and other vehicle equipment. Make every attempt to remain home and off the roadways during major storms.
If possible keep fire hydrants in your vicinity clear of snow and automobiles to ensure the rapid use by the fire department in the event of a fire.
Do not leave unattended candles lit in your home during power outages. The improper use of candles is a significant cause of residential fires.
Clear all exterior furnace vents of snow to eliminate potential build-up carbon monoxide in your home.
In the event of an emergency remember to call 911. All 911 emergency calls in Brewster are answered by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Communication Center where all Police related calls are transferred over to the Brewster Police and all fire and EMS calls are immediately dispatched. Direct calls to fire headquarters during storm events must be avoided due to the fact that all staff members may be responding to incidents which will result in your emergency call going unanswered.
Residents seeking further storm or emergency management information may call Brewster Fire Headquarters at 508-896-7018 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday January 3, 2018 3:20 p.m.
The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee has determined that there will be no pre-storm opening of regional shelters on Cape Cod.
Fortunately, in the event prolonged, wide area power outages do occur during tomorrows storm event local, regional, and county volunteers and emergency staff members have pre-staged equipment and resources and are on standby to rapidly open and operate the locations.
If shelters do open tomorrow the Brewster Office of Emergency Management and the Barnstable Regional Emergency Planning Committee will provide updates via local and regional radio, websites, and social media outlets.
State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said, “This bitter cold weather brings the risk of frozen pipes. As difficult as that situation is, it is important not to make a bad situation worse; many people cause fires trying to thaw frozen pipes.”
Tips for Preventing Frozen Pipes
▪ When the weather is very cold outside, let the water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing because the temperature of the water running through it is above freezing.
▪ Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
▪ Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
▪ If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home or business set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.
▪ Shut off outside water.
Protect Sprinklers Systems
In order to protect sprinkler systems, check on your building during to the cold snap, especially if you don’t have a low temperature alarm. Make sure that all portions of the building remain heated to at least 40°F and not exposed to freezing conditions. Setting the thermostat higher -50-60 °F during this cold snap will help make sure pipes in concealed areas stay warm.
To Thaw Frozen Pipes
▪ If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Locate the area of the water pipe that might be frozen. Likely places include pipes running against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
▪ Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt more ice in the pipe.
▪ Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame devices. A blowtorch can make water in a frozen pipe boil and cause the pipe to explode. All open flames in homes present a serious fire danger, as well as a severe risk of exposure to lethal carbon monoxide.
▪ Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
▪ Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.
▪ Be careful using space heaters to warm up areas near pipes. Don’t overload circuits. Try not to use extension cords but if you must, make sure they are rated for the appliance. Heat producing appliances need stronger extension cords than lamps.
▪ Remember not to leave the door of a gas oven open; it will produce large amounts of carbon monoxide.
▪ Be sure there are working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of the home.
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