DURHAM – Fire Prevention Week will take place from Oct. 9 through 15. The theme is “Use Candles with Care; When You Go Out, Blow Them Out.”

It will be time to check batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide and any other detectors in the home. Families should review their fire escape plans and emergency number contacts. For fire, rescue and police in Durham, dial 9-1-1.

Any person wanting to burn logs, brush, grass, pasture, blueberry land or have a campfire is required by Maine law to obtain a burning permit. Permits are issued at the Durham Fire and Rescue Station and are issued for the day of use. There are time frames in which burning can be done, based on the availability of department personnel.

The class day and local weather conditions play a part in determining whether burning permits will be issued. The individual who signs the permit is legally responsible for the fire, damages or suppression costs resulting from the fire. They are required to make sure all safety precautions and time frames are adhered to.

The fire must be attended at all times. On Saturday and Sundays permits are available at the station from 9 to 11 a.m. On weekdays permits may be obtained at the station after 9 a.m., but are controlled by availability.


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