August 21, 2019

State Fire Marshal Issues Ice Safety Tips

“Ice and cold water safety is always a key concern here in New England,” said State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan. “At the first cold snap, people mistakenly think that the ice is safe to walk on. This is the time of year where unleashed dogs and would-be rescuers also frequently fall through the ice,” he added. Dangers of Thin Ice “There are several variables that affect the strength of ice … [Read more...]

Do You Have A Fire Extinguisher Handy?

Choosy Extinguishers A portable fire extinguisher can save lives and property by putting out a small fire or containing it until the fire department arrives. But when it comes to extinguishers, one type does not fit all. There are five primary types of fire extinguishers, each designed to put out different kinds of fires: A:  For use with materials like cloth, wood and paper; B:  For use … [Read more...]

Burning Question…..who decides if burning permits will be issued?

Each day during burning season, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) evaluates environmental conditions to determine if open burning will be allowed.   The DEP may prohibit the issuance of open burning permits for days on which adverse weather conditions are forecast.   This prohibition is authorized by the Massachusetts Air Pollution Regulation 310 CMR 7.07(3) (e). The Hanover Fire … [Read more...]

Report and Recommendations of the Hanover Fire Station Study Committee

The Hanover Fire Station Study Committee was formed by the 2005 Annual Town Meeting. The Committee was established for the purpose of assessing the needs of the town related to fire stations. The Committee is authorized to make recommendations to the Selectmen and town meeting. The following is the report and recommendation of the Hanover Fire Station Study Committee. Report and Recommendations … [Read more...]

Follow Hanover Fire and Hanover EMA on Twitter

Hanover Fire and Emergency Management use Twitter to send out important safety messages and news updates.     Download the Twitter app for your smart phone and follow Hanover Fire (@HanoverFire) and Hanover Emergency Management (@HanoverEMA) today! … [Read more...]


Enjoy the many supervised professional displays! All across the state there are many professional fireworks displays supervised by local fire departments. Unfortunately, too many children and adult amateurs continue to set off fireworks that start fires, and cause serious injuries to themselves and others. Fireworks can be deadly! A 45-year old Gloucester woman died in a December 22, … [Read more...]

Summary of Massachusetts Fireworks Law

Summary of Massachusetts Fireworks Law – MGL Chapter 148, S. 39 What does the law prohibit? It is illegal for private citizens to use, possess, or sell fireworks in Massachusetts, or to purchase them legally elsewhere and then transport them into the state. The law prohibits any article designed to produce a visible or audible effect. Sale of fireworks: Penalty: Fine or … [Read more...]