Fire Marshal Bill Halstead

  • Fire Safety Devices Offered Free To Those In Need

    The town has acquired a limited supply of battery-operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors for free distribution to people who would have difficulty purchasing such devices, according to Fire Marshal Bill Halstead.

    The detectors are manufactured by Kidde, a fire safety products company.

  • Open Burning Season Extended to May 15

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead has extended the open burning season to May 15.

    Normally, the open burning season concludes at the end of March, but when weather conditions allow, the season is extended.

    Open burning permits, which are required for the activity, are issued at the fire marshal’s office at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. Permits cost $5. Office hours for the fire marshal are 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

  • Fire Marshal Offers Clothes Dryer Safety Tips

    Fire Marshal Bill Halstead noted this week that during the past year, malfunctioning clothes dryers have caused three structure fires in town.

    Most recently, on January 2, a malfunctioning clothes dryer caused a house fire on Thunder Ridge Road in Sandy Hook that resulted in approximately $500,000 in property damage.