Burlington Fire Department Offers Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips


Burlington Fire Department
Chief Steve Yetman
21 Center St.
Burlington, MA 01803

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 781-791-7627
Email: [email protected]


Burlington Fire Department Offers Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

BURLINGTON – With the cold, winter weather in full effect, Chief Steven Yetman and the Burlington Fire Department recommend that residents follow several carbon monoxide safety tips to prevent tragedies from occurring during the holiday season and beyond.

The odorless, colorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas is produced whenever any fuel is burned, such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal.

“It’s important to take proactive steps to avoid falling victim to carbon monoxide poisoning,” Chief Yetman said. “This gas is deadly, and I want to remind everyone to install carbon monoxide detectors and be sure to clear snow away from car and home exhaust pipes.”

Hundreds of people die accidentally every year from CO poisoning caused by malfunctioning or improperly used fuel-burning appliances. It can be especially dangerous during the winter months, as snow often creates drifts that cover furnace and dryer exhaust vents, and blocks car tailpipes, forcing CO back into homes or vehicles.

Other sources of CO include furnaces and water heaters, chimneys, wood stoves, grills, camping stoves, gas ovens and gas snow removal or yard equipment machines.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can produce flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, fainting, unconsciousness, and in serious cases, can be fatal. If you suspect you have be exposed to CO, get out of the house and call the fire department from a cell phone or a neighbor’s house. If you experience any symptoms associated with CO poisoning, seek medical attention immediately.

Chief Yetman asks that residents follow these safety procedures outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services:

  • Before the heating season every year, have a qualified service technician inspect your appliances.
  • Check vent pipes, flues and chimneys for leaks or blockages.
  • Always make sure furnace and dryer exhaust vents are clear of snow.
  • Use care when shoveling out vehicles, and be sure the tail pipe and undercarriage are free of snow before turning on the engine.
  • Don’t leave a vehicle running inside a garage, even if the door is open. Fumes will quickly build up inside a home if the two spaces are connected.
  • Never use a charcoal grill, gasoline-powered engines (generators, chain saws, blowers, weed trimmers, mowers, or snow blowers) indoors or near doors or windows. Place grills and generators outside, facing away from doors, windows and vents.
  • Do not use a gas oven to heat your home.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home, except unfinished basements or attics. Do not place a CO alarm in a garage, furnace room, or near the stove or fireplace.
  • Locate CO alarms near bedrooms so family members will wake up if the alarm goes off at night. Alarms should be kept away from open windows or doors, excessively hot, cold or damp areas and “dead-air spaces,” such as corners of rooms and peaks of ceilings.
  • To ensure that carbon monoxide alarms are functioning properly, they should be replaced every five to seven years according to directions. After a prolonged power outage, back-up batteries should be checked.


Burlington Police Remind Residents to “See Something, Say Something” This Holiday Season


Burlington Police Department
Michael R. Kent
Chief of Police
45 Center Street
Burlington, MA 01803

For Immediate Release

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: [email protected]

Burlington Police Remind Residents to “See Something, Say Something” This Holiday Season

BURLINGTON – Chief Michael Kent and the Burlington Police Department, as part of its ongoing 12 days of holiday safety tips, encourage residents and business owners to remember to “See Something, Say Something” and protect their community by recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.

“With more people out and about this holiday season, we want everyone to remain vigilant and be mindful of suspicious activity of all kinds in their neighborhoods and throughout the community,” Chief Kent said. “If something seems suspicious or out of place, it’s worthwhile to report it and allow our officers to investigate.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security, suspicious activity includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle parked at an odd location, a package left unattended, a window or door left is open that is normally closed, any other out-of-the-ordinary situation.
  • Eliciting information: If a person questions other individuals at a level that is beyond normal curiosity about a building’s purpose, operations, security procedures, personnel, shift changes, etc.
  • Observation/surveillance: An individual who pays unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. This includes extended loitering without explanation (especially in concealed locations); unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of a building (e.g. with binoculars or video camera), taking notes or measurements, counting paces, sketching floor plans, etc.

Many of these activities could be innocent, but police are ultimately responsible for determining whether the behavior should be investigated.

If you do see something suspicious, whether it’s in a residential neighborhood, downtown or in a high traffic business district such as 3rd Ave or the Burlington Mall, you should report it to the Burlington Police Department at 781-272-1212 and describe specifically what you observed, including:

  • Who or what you saw
  • When you saw it
  • Where it occurred
  • Why it’s suspicious

For information that does not require an immediate police response, but that you think should be reported, you may submit an anonymous tip online at www.anonymoustips.com/anon-tips/send-tip-law-enforcement/. Residents who wish to remain anonymous are also encouraged to report suspicious activity. Simply inform the dispatcher that you wish to remain anonymous when asked for your name.

The Burlington Police Department wants to make it very clear to the community that factors such as race, ethnicity and/or religious affiliation are not considered suspicious.