On behalf of the members of the Groton Fire Department, welcome to our website.  The Groton Fire Department provides fire protection, fire prevention, fire safety education and emergency medical services to the citizens of Groton. 

The goal of this website is to be informative and educational.  You will find many helpful home fire safety tips, important links and forms/permits. As you browse our website, please note you can contact us with any comments or information you would like to see or share on our website.   Please visit frequently as we plan on updating our website often.  Thank you. 

Keep WARM/Keep SAFE - Tips for Safe Disposal of Ashes

Prevent Fires from Woodstove & Fireplace Ashes

To prevent fires, ashes cleaned out of woodstoves and fire places should be shoveled into a metal bucket with a tight-fitting metal lid and immediately placed outside, well away from the building. There have been many recent fires from ashes stored underneath a deck or porch or inside the garage or from ashes stored in cardboard boxes, paper bags and plastic trash cans. A single live ember can continue to smolder undetected for quite some time.

It is important to use all heating sources safely. Here is some information on preventing fires from chimneys, wood, coal and pellet stoves.

Tips for Safe Use of Wood, Coal and Pellet Stoves

Before you purchase a heating stove, make sure that it has approval from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. or another recognized independent testing lab.


  • A building permit needs to be obtained prior to installation of fireplaces, fireplace inserts, wood, coal or pellet burning stoves and must be inspected by the local building inspector prior to their initial use as required by the Massachusetts State Building Code.
  • Allow at least 36 inches of clearance around the appliance to prevent combustibles from coming into contact with heat sources.
  • Solid fuel heating appliances cannot share a common flue with chimney flues utilized by other solid, fossil, or gas fired appliances.
  • A qualified mason should inspect the chimney and flue before the stove is used. Cracks in the flue or mortar joints can allow flames and heated gases to extend into the structure.

Proper Use

  • Most chimney fires occur because of a build-up of creosote, a tarry by-product of burning wood. Have your chimney flue cleaned before each heating season. Burn only dry, well seasoned, hardwood to reduce creosote accumulation.
  • Don’t use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Never leave children unattended near the stove.
  • Check that the damper is open before lighting the fire. A closed damper will result in an accumulation of smoke and carbon monoxide in the home. Do not close the damper until the fire is out and the embers are cold.
  • Use a fireplace screen to prevent flying sparks and embers from falling out on to the floor.


The next Heart Savers CPR Class is scheduled for Tues, Apt 28th at 1800 hrs at Center Fire Station located at 45 Farmers Row.  Please contact Diane Aiello at 978-448-6333 or send an email to for more information regarding this class.  

Page 1 of 1First   Previous   Next   Last   

Live Scanner Feed