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All oil burner technicians are required to obtain a certificate from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, division of Public Safety, prior to performing any work.
Prior to any work on your heating system the oil burner technician is required to fill out a “FORM 1” (application to install oil fired heating equipment) On this form the technician will fill out all information except for “completion date” and “combustion test information”. After all work has been completed the Oil Burner Technician shall return to the fire department where he/she will complete the “FORM 1“, a fee of $50.00 shall be paid at this time. ( Checks shall be made out to Town of Topsfield )
A Fire prevention officer will stop by or call to make an appointment for an inspection of your heating system. This inspection is required by 527 CMR 4:00 for the proper installation of heating equipment.
If the system passes the inspection a permit will be issued on the spot for your heating system. If the system should fail, then a written report of failure will be sent to the company that installed the equipment and a copy will be sent to you the home owner.
Permits are required for the installation of the following equipment:
Oil-fired burners (replacement burners on existing equipment)
Oil-fired water heaters
Above ground oil tanks
Underground oil tanks
Annual cleanings and service work DO NOT require a permit
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):
From 1999 to 2010, nearly 600 generator-related carbon monoxide (CO) deaths have been reported to the CPSC.
CO poisoning from generator use causes an annual average of 81 deaths. The majority of the deaths occurred as a result of using a generator inside a home’s living space, in the basement or in the garage.
One generator produces as much CO as hundreds of cars. CO from a generator is deadly and can incapacitate and kill you within minutes.
Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they can be hazardous. The primary hazards to avoid when using them are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock or electrocution, and fire.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) would like you to know that there are simple steps you can take to prevent the loss of life and property resulting from improper use of portable generators.
In November 2005, Governor Mitt Romney signed “Nicole’s Law” which places certain requirements on owners of all residential properties to install and maintain carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The board of fire prevention regulations has developed the regulations (527 CMR 31,00) establishing the specific requirements of the law including the type, location, maintenance and inspection requirements for the alarms.
To Avoid Carbon Monoxide Hazards:
Always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents.
NEVER use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas, even with ventilation.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions.
Install battery-operated or plug-in (with battery backup) carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home, following manufacturer’s instructions.
Test CO alarms often and replace batteries when needed. To Avoid Electrical Hazards:•Keep the generator dry. Operate on a dry surface under an open, canopy- like structure.•Dry your hands before touching the generator.•Plug appliances directly into generator or use a heavy-duty outdoor- rated extension cord. Make sure the entire extension cord is free of cuts or tears and the plug has all 3 prongs, especially a grounding pin.•NEVER plug the generator into a wall outlet. This practice, known as backfeeding, can cause an electrocution risk to utility workers and others served by the same utility transformer.•If necessary to connect generator to house wiring to power appliances, have a qualified electrician install appropriate equipment. Or, your utility company may be able to install an appropriate transfer switch. To Avoid Fire Hazards:•Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool. Fuel spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.•Always store fuel outside of living areas in properly labeled, non-glass containers.•Store fuel away from any fuel-burning appliance.