The Fire Prevention Division is led by the Assistant Fire Chief. The Fire Prevention division is responsible for performing life safety inspections and assure code compliance within the Town of Milton. In addition to code compliance the Fire Prevention divison is responsible for public fire education. This may include, fire drills at the local schools, CPR classes, station tours, and attending Fire Prevention week at the Milton Elementary School.
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1. How many smoke detectors should I have installed in my home?
The 2009 National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Codes, which is what the State of NH uses, requires one detector in each bedroom and one in each common room excluding the kitchen and bathrooms. In addition, there needs to be one at the top of each stairway and in hallways.
As a follow up, in the State of NH, once you own or are the midst of purchasing your private residence, fire inspections are not required. However, if you are buying a new home or if you want to make your current home safe, then Milton Fire-Rescue recommends following the NFPA requirements.
2. Where should I install a carbon monoxide detector?
There should be a carbon monoxide detector on each level of your home including the basement. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are a good solution to the basement installation. Carbon monoxide detection is required for all rental properties in the State of New Hampshire.
3. Are carbon monoxide detectors installed the same way as smoke detectors?
In all cases, detectors should be installed to the manufacturer’s specifications.
Generally, smoke rises and therefore smoke detectors should be installed either on the ceiling or within 12” of the ceiling. A sloped ceiling or steeply pitched ceilings vary and you should consult a NH licensed electrician or someone from your fire department for placement.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is heavier than air and will sink close to the floor or ground. Therefore, CO detectors should be installed nearer to the floor. Generally, they plug into an outlet.
There are combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and these generally are installed near or on the ceiling. Again, following the manufacturer’s specifications are the best guidelines.
4. Should I have my wood or pellet stove inspected?
In the Town of Milton, there is no fee to have a member of the fire department conduct an inspection for you. There is also no fee or fine if discrepancies’ with the NFPA codes are found. You will however; get an honest report, and therefore you should be able to correct any problems or make adjustments if necessary.
5. How close may I store things near my wood or pellet stove?
Wood stoves require 36” of clearance to combustibles. Pellet stoves vary by manufacturers. Please read your owner’s manual for specific measurements. Pellet stoves may vary between rear and side measurements.
6. Does Milton Fire-Rescue inspect chimneys?
No, unfortunately MFR does not have the specialty equipment to adequately inspect chimneys. A chimney sweep company should be called for a chimney inspection.
7. Where should I keep my fire extinguisher(s)?
Despite the name, fire extinguishers are designed to save lives, not put out fires. Fire extinguishers should be located in a pathway to leave the building. Fire extinguishers should be found in the area of the kitchen because common household fires are started by cooking.
8. When do I call 911 verses the fire department’s business line (652-4201)?
911 is for all emergencies. If your smoke or carbon monoxide detector is going off, you have an emergency. Vacate the building and call 911 preferably from a cell phone outside. It is our job to make sure you are safe and we can only do that if we are notified. The earlier the notification, the chances are better for good outcomes.
Milton has had false alarms but we prefer to be called for a false alarm than not called in an emergency. Milton has had significant carbon monoxide problems and even one death due to carbon monoxide poisoning. If your alarm is going off, call 911. Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless. You will not know how much carbon monoxide is in your home if we are not called. Often times, people think they do not want to bother the fire department or they think they can handle it themselves. Please call 911, the fire department has gas meters and equipment to identify dangerous situations.
Milton Fire-Rescue’s business telephone line is for business. If you have a question about an inspection, would like to know the hours available for burn permits, or would like to schedule a tour of the station, feel free to use the business line. 603-652-4201. Milton’s Central Fire Station, located at 460 White Mountain Highway is manned, seven days per week, from 6 AM to 6 PM. That being said, if there is an emergency or other department business such as an inspection etc, there may not be someone in the station. Please feel free to call and leave a message. Someone should return your call shortly thereafter.
9. My son/daughter likes big red trucks, may we come down and see them?
Yes! You can gamble that we will be here and not out doing other department business or you can call ahead (603-652-4201). If you have a scout troop, 4-H club or any group of adults or children, we are very happy to schedule tours.