Office of Fire Prevention

The Fire Prevention Office and Fire Inspector provide inspections for home re-sales, new construction, commercial properties and oil burner systems. As part of this process plans are reviewed to ensure they meet the current code. This is an area that is just as important to the safety of our citizens as it often prevents incidents that may happen and ensures that they homes and properties are protected.

Office Hours:
Monday 8:00-2:30
Tue, Wed , Thur. 8:30-4:00
Friday 8:00-12:00

Closed Holidays
Hours subject to change.

HFD Forms and Information

Download re-sale application form here: (Fillable PDF) and email to fireinspector@harwichfire.com

Resale Inspection Form

Smoke/CO Detector Compliance

  1. Household smoke alarms (110 volt and battery type) expire at 10 years unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer.
  2. Replacement detectors must comply with current code requirements. (You can’t replace an ionization with another ionization if it is too close to the kitchen or bath.)
  3. Photoelectric type may be used everywhere. Ionization type may NOT be used within 20 feet of a kitchen or bath. Dual sensor (photo/ion)) are not required anywhere.
  4. Detector compliance is required to meet the standard in effect when a dwelling is built or renovated. (If wired detectors were required when built or renovated you may not switch to battery only detectors.)

 MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • PRE 1975 Battery detectors may be used unless renovation has required 110V. Replacement battery detectors installed after 12/01/2016 must have 10 year sealed power supply with “HUSH” feature and “End of device alert”.
    • Locations: Each floor level, within 10 feet of sleeping rooms, at the base of each stairs leading to another level, one for each 1200 square feet.
    • CO Detector: battery device, plug in with battery backup or 110V with battery backup on each level and within 10 feet of sleeping rooms. Where there are no sleeping rooms, follow the manufacturer’s placement guide.
  • 1975 – 1997 Wired and interconnected detectors with battery backup.
    • Locations: Each floor level, within 10 feet of sleeping rooms, at the base of each stairs leading to another level, one for each 1200 square feet.
    • CO Detector: battery device, plug in with battery backup or 110V with battery backup on each level and within 10 feet of sleeping rooms. Where there are no sleeping rooms, follow the manufacturer’s placement guide.
  • POST 1997 Wired and interconnected detectors with battery backup.
    • Locations: Each floor level, within 10 feet of sleeping rooms, inside of each sleeping room, at the base of each stairs leading to another level, one for each 1200 square feet.
    • CO Detector: battery device, plug in with battery backup or 110V with battery backup on each level and within 10 feet of sleeping rooms. Where there are no sleeping rooms, follow the manufacturer’s placement guide.
  • POST 2008 Wired and interconnected detectors with battery backup.
    • Locations: Each floor level, within 10 feet of sleeping rooms, inside of each sleeping room, at the base of each stairs leading to another level, one for each 1200 square feet.
    • CO Detector: 110V with battery backup on each level and within 10 feet of sleeping rooms. Where there are no sleeping rooms, follow the manufacturer’s placement guide.
    • Heat Detector: 110V w/ battery backup, located on the ceiling within an attached garage and interconnected with smoke alarms.

 COMBINATION DEVICES 13.7.6.5.1.1 where smoke and carbon monoxide technologies are required to be installed such protection may be accomplished by using a combination device. Combination devices shall include both simulated voice and tone alarm features which clearly distinguishes between carbon monoxide and smoke notification, unless such system employs the following:

(1) Each combination device produces a distinctive audile and visual alarm signal for smoke and carbon monoxide, in accordance with NFPA 72 and NFPA 720 and;

(2) For residential structure as defined, within each dwelling unit, a control unit or annunciator is installed displaying a distinctive alphanumeric message (digital or embossed) for smoke and carbon monoxide and;

(3) Where such control unit or annunciator is installed it shall be located in an accessible area within each dwelling unit and be visible at all times.

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS NOT ANSWERED ABOVE PLEASE CALL.

The Town of Harwich requires any home or business owner to install a lockbox on any property that has an alarm system that is monitored remotely. This includes medical alert buttons and fire alarm systems. These lockboxes are a safe and secure way to provide the Fire Department a key to the property in case of alarm activation. These lockboxes are opened by a special key that ONLY the fire department carries.

The ordering system has changed:

Beginning March 1, 2018, Rapid Entry System Lock Boxes by Kidde will be available to purchase online at Kidde Lockbox Website. Our Rapid Entry System Lockboxes will no longer be available for purchase using an order form by phone, fax or standard mail.

Kidde has moved to the online ordering method in order to be fully compliant with industry security and privacy protocols for the protection of customer information, and to provide faster secure order processing.

After setting up an account on the website, you will be able to search for and select the Harwich Fire Department, make your product selection, and then checkout using a credit card.

Residential: Choose the S5 for the Harwich Fire Department.

Commercial: Choose the Supra Safe 2HS, Supra Safe 2HSR, or the Supra Safe 1 for the Harwich Fire Department.

Click here to order:

https://lockbox.shopkidde.com/

Contact the Fire Prevention Office

  • Bruce Young

    Fire Inspector

  • Susan Pires

    Administrative Assistant

  • Office Phone

    (508) 430-7546
    (508) 432-5685 fax

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Have you replaced the battery in your smoke detectors recently ?

Commercial Kitchens:

Fire Inspector Tim Spears explains commercial kitchen prevention, safety and equipment maintenance.


Residential Sprinklers:

Sprinklers are a choice homeowners can add, not a code requirement unless you build over 14400 sq ft.


WTHR-TV in Indianapolis conducted an aquarium test to show the dramatic difference between ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. Inspired by a similar demonstration by the World Fire Safety Foundation, investigative reporter Bob Segall shows why smoke alarms with photoelectric technology are a much better option for detecting slow-burning smoky fires, which kill hundreds of people in homes and apartments each year.