Fire Marshal's Division
The mission of the Fire Marshal’s Office is the preservation of life and the protection of property from fire, explosion and other associated emergency conditions for the citizens of the Town of Greenwich.
The Fire Marshal performs responsible administrative and technical work involving directing assigned operations and functions of the Fire Prevention Division, including inspection of all buildings and other related facilities within the Town, investigation and reporting of fires and causes to the State Fire Marshal’s Office and ensuring compliance with all state and local ordinances and codes as they relate to fire inspections, fire prevention and fire investigations. Responds to fire alarms and other emergencies as required.
The Fire Marshal reports to and takes direction from the Fire Chief. The Fire Marshal shall have access to the First Selectman as required to fulfill statutory duties of the Fire Marshal.
We enforce the Connecticut Fire Safety Code by:
- Inspecting buildings as required by the code.
- Issuing permits for the use, transportation and storage of explosives.
- Inspecting all fireworks and special effects displays for compliance.
- Inspecting all tents and portable structures for compliance.
- Conducting plan reviews of proposed building construction and renovation.
- Inspecting the storage, use, and transportation of liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas.
WINTER FIRE SAFETY
Winter brings its own set of challenges and safety considerations, especially when it comes to fire safety. Here are some winter fire safety tips to help you and your family stay safe during the colder months:
Christmas Tree Safety
Christmas tree fire safety is crucial to ensure a safe and joyful holiday season. Here are some tips to help prevent Christmas tree fires:
- Choose a Fresh Tree: If you're opting for a real tree, choose one that is fresh with green needles that don't easily break. The fresher the tree, the less likely it is to catch fire.
- Water Your Tree: Keep the tree stand filled with water at all times. A well-hydrated tree is less likely to catch fire.
- Check for Dryness: Touch the needles regularly to check for dryness. If the needles fall off easily, the tree may be too dry and should be removed from your home.
- Placement is Key: Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, and heating vents. Make sure it's not blocking an exit and is at least three feet away from any heat source.
- Use the Right Lights: Choose Christmas lights that are labeled for indoor use and use LED lights, as they produce less heat. Inspect lights for frayed wires, damaged sockets, or loose connections, and replace any faulty strands.
- Limit Lighting Duration: Turn off Christmas tree lights when you go to bed or leave the house. Consider using a timer to automate this process.
- Be Cautious with Candles: If you use candles on or around the tree, keep them in sturdy holders and never leave them unattended. Consider using flameless LED candles as a safer alternative.
- Inspect Electrical Outlets: Do not overload electrical outlets, and make sure extension cords are in good condition. Avoid running cords under carpets or rugs.
- Dispose of Trees Promptly: Once the holiday season is over, promptly dispose of your tree. Many communities offer recycling programs for Christmas trees.
- Space Heaters: Keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything flammable, such as curtains, furniture, bedding, or clothing.
- Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation for heating appliances to prevent carbon monoxide buildup. Install carbon monoxide detectors in key areas of your home.
- Supervision: Never leave space heaters or fireplaces unattended. Turn off space heaters when you leave the room or go to bed.
- Chimney Inspection: Have your chimney and flue inspected and cleaned by a professional at least once a year.
- Use Appropriate Wood: Use only seasoned hardwood in fireplaces and wood stoves to reduce the risk of creosote buildup.
- Alternative Lighting: Consider using battery-operated candles instead of traditional candles to reduce the risk of fire.
- Supervision: If you use traditional candles, never leave them unattended, and keep them away from flammable items.
- Inspect Cords: Check electrical cords for damage and replace any that are frayed or worn.
- Avoid Overloading Outlets: Do not overload electrical outlets or power strips.
- Supervision: Never leave cooking food unattended, especially when using stovetops.
- Keep Flammable Items Away: Keep dish towels, paper towels, and other flammable items away from the stovetop.
- Test Regularly: Test smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries at least once a year.
- Install in Bedrooms: Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home.
Winter Storm Preparation
- Emergency Kit: Have an emergency kit ready, including flashlights, blankets, non-perishable food, and water in case of power outages.
- Generator Safety: If using a generator, follow safety guidelines, and place it in a well-ventilated area away from the home.
Snow and Ice Removal
- Clear Pathways: Keep pathways clear of snow and ice to ensure a quick exit in case of an emergency.
- Exhaust Vent Clearance: Make sure that vents for your heating system are clear of snow and ice to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.
By being proactive and following these winter fire safety tips, you can help minimize the risks associated with colder weather and keep your home and loved ones safe.
FIREMARSHAL PERMITTING AND POLICIES
Please note that our office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. We cannot guarantee that a Fire Marshal will be on site to review your permit request.
Greenwich Fire Department
15 Havemeyer Place
Greenwich, CT 06830
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or by appointment
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