What Is Carbon Monoxide?
Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fossil fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, oil and methane) burn incompletely. In your home, heating and cooking equipment are possible sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles running in an attached garage could also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. Consumers can protect themselves against CO poisoning by maintaining, using, and properly venting heating and cooking equipment, by being cautious when using vehicles in attached garages, and by installing carbon monoxide alarms.
What is the effect of exposure to CO?
CO replaces oxygen in the bloodstream, eventually causing suffocation. Mild CO poisoning feels like the flu, but more serious poisoning leads to difficulty breathing and even death. Just how sick people get from CO exposure varies greatly from person to person, depending on age, overall health, the concentration of the exposure (measured in parts per million), and the length of exposure. Higher concentrations are dangerous even for a short time.
What to do if your CO alarm goes off
Street address numbering is required on all residential and commercial buildings by
The Town requires that numbers at least 3 inches high (preferably 4 inches) be attached to every house or business so that they are clearly visible from the street.
If it’s not possible to see numbers on the building from the street because of distance or obstructions, the Town requires that numbers also be attached to both sides of a post or sign which can be seen by emergency vehicles approaching from either direction.
We recommend that numbers be reflective and in a color which will clearly contrast with the material they are attached to.
If you’re not sure of your correct house number, please contact the Fire and Rescue Department.
Accurate and visible house numbering will help the Town’s emergency personnel find your home more quickly in case of an emergency.
Guidelines for clearing vegetation along private roads and driveways
The Town of
Roads and driveways should be a hard surface at least 8 feet wide.
Brush, shrubs, trees, branches and other woody vegetation should be removed at least 3 feet beyond each side of the road or driveway and at least 14 feet above the road level. The result should be a clear passage at least 14 feet wide by 14 feet high.
When growth reduces the clear passage to 12 feet in width or height it should be trimmed back as above.
Certain sections of roads and driveways may require custom standards. These sections include, but are not limited to: intersections, sharp corners, turn‑arounds, cul-de-sacs and areas near water sources. Standards for these areas on a case-by-case basis will be determined by the Fire Chief or designee.
Failure to keep roads and driveways cleared to these standards may result in a delayed response by emergency personnel.
Residential Sprinkler Systems
Schools, office buildings, factories, and other commercial buildings have benefited from fire protection sprinkler systems for over a century. But what about our homes? What actions do we take to protect our families, our homes, and our possessions from fire? A smoke alarm can only alert the occupants to a fire in the house...it cannot contain or extinguish a fire. Residential sprinkler systems can!
Marine and Road Flares Disposal
The Wellfleet Fire Department participates in the Barnstable County marine and road flares disposal program by serving as a collection point for outdated flares. The Coast Guard does not recommend keeping out-of-date flares for emergency use, improperly disposed of flares may pollute the water table, and it is against the law to set flares off in a non-emergency situation.
Expired flares may be dropped off at the main fire station during normal business hours and we will see that they are properly disposed of.