Historic House Plaque Program

house-plaqueDo you own a home built before World War II?  The Maynard Historical Commission wishes to remind Maynard residents of the town’s Historic House Plaque program which provides an opportunity to invest owners of historic or architecturally significant houses with pride, knowledge, and the ability to serve as conscious custodians of their house heritage.

Plaques enhance the appearance of older homes while promoting community awareness of our local history. For more information visit the MHC’s Historic House Plaque Program page.

MFD starting Commercial Property Fire Safety Surveys

As part of our continuing effort to meet our mission and reduce community risk, the Maynard Fire Department will be starting a new round of pre-fire planning and fire safety surveys in commercial occupancies here in Maynard.

What this involves is firefighters going into commercial occupancies and conducting a comprehensive pre-fire plan. This pre-fire plan will give us information vital to protecting that building and other buildings around it in the event a fire breaks out. The second part is to conduct a fire safety survey on each commercial property in the community. This purpose of this part of the project is to help the building owner or manager keep their property as safe as possible to reduce the risk of a fire occurring and lessening the chance the buildings occupants will be harmed in the event there is a fire.

We have scheduled these pre-plans and safety surveys to occur throughout the year. Each group of firefighters has been assigned specific buildings and a month in which to conduct pre-fire plans and safety surveys. We ask that you cooperate with our firefighters as our ultimate goal is to protect you, your business and its patrons and ultimately the residents and visitors of Maynard. If our firefighters have visited you at a bad time, we ask that you try and reschedule a more convenient time with them before they leave. Certain occupancies in the community are required to have a safety survey conducted more than once a year, specifically churches are required to be surveyed (2) annually and schools (4) times annually. These occupancies may need to have specific times and a date assigned to them to ensure a property representative is available to assist in the survey. This process is not meant to be, and should not be disruptive to your operation.

During this process our firefighters will be requesting certain information from you as the property representative. This request will be for up to date contact information so that in the event we need to contact a building representative after hours, we have the correct information. Part of this information will be a valid email address if you have one. The reason for this is to give us the ability to email you a copy of our inspection report when it is complete. Your insurance carrier may have an interest in seeing this report or the building owner may like a copy if that is not you. This is part of our effort keep costs down by using and storing less paper moving forward.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.

Sincerely,

Anthony Stowers
Fire Chief
978-897-1014

Maynard Firefighter Receives Community Service Award

Sean Kiley, a veteran firefighter with the Maynard Fire Department, has been awarded the 2012 “Norman Knight Award” for Community Service.

This prestigious award is given for exemplary programs or actions in community service or public education. In addition to his regular firefighting duties and responsibilities Sean has coordinated the public education activities for the Maynard Fire Department for a number of years.   [Read more on the award.]

Carbon Monoxide Safety Warning

This month the Maynard Fire Department has seen a rise in carbon monoxide related calls. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that can build up in your home and cause serious health problems or even worse. Every year about 500 people die as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning in their home.

This deadly gas is produced through incomplete combustion of fossil fuels. In other words if it burns wood, gasoline, propane, natural gas, kerosene, diesel fuel or fuel oil, it can cause carbon monoxide. These include appliances such as heaters, stovetops, boilers, furnaces, woodstoves, hot water heaters, clothes dryers and more! Please make sure you have you appliances serviced regularly. Often symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are overlooked because they are similar to those of the flu.

If you suspect carbon monoxide may be in your home, please call us at the Maynard Fire Department. Please see the attached safety flyer put out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Composting is EASY and Helps Reduce Greenhouse Gases

The Board of Health reminds everyone that composting is a great way to recycle our organic “waste” into a beneficial soil amendment for our yards and gardens. Composting at home can also help reduce methane production at landfills. Using the compost in our landscapes helps store carbon in the soil instead of releasing it to the atmosphere. Compost creates healthy soil, reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation. We can reduce our trash by 50 percent or more by composting.

It’s easy to make compost, and the Town of Maynard makes it even easier by offering rodent- resistant home composting bins for $35.00, over 50% off the retail price. To obtain a discounted compost bin, please contact or visit the Board of Health office.

Click here to learn more about composting…