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Boston Fire Department Lieutenant James White was this month’s invited guest for the Community Chat session at the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). Lt. White hails from Engine 8 at the North End’s Hanover Street and welcomes residents to stop by the firehouse to visit and bring their kids.

BFD highlights the importance of smoke detectors and CO2 detectors as providing the most vital life safety warning for residents. In the winter, BFD asks for help in clearing out fire hydrants and access to buildings. If you are not able to shovel, contact the firehouse at (617) 343-2808 and let them know.

Lt. White gave a tip to condo and apartment dwellers. When you burn your food and create a lot of smoke, open the windows rather than the hallway door. Hallway detectors set off the building alarm and frequently cause BFD to mobilize for a false alarm call.

BFD continues to add information to their local database of unique building features. Information sheets can be picked up at Engine 8 / Ladder 1 at 392 Hanover Street. Contact 311 and/or the fire marshall at 617-343-3550 with questions.

In answer to a question, Lt. White confirmed that gas grills with propane tanks are illegal in the City of Boston above the ground floor.

BFD Lt. White encourages residents to contact him at the Engine 8 (North End) firehouse with any questions or concerns at (617) 343-2808, james.s.white@boston.gov or just stop by on Hanover Street.

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