Should I report a small fire, even if it's already out?

Yes! Rhode Island General Law requires that all fires be reported to the Fire Department. This law exists for some good reasons:

  • The fire may appear "out" but can re-ignite, or may be burning inside a wall or underground.
  • The fire may have been set by an arsonist. All fires are investigated by the Fire Department to determine the origin and cause.
  • A child who is caught lighting a fire has often lit many others and should receive a professional screening and education program.

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1. Can I listen to the Fire Department on my scanner?
2. Do I need a burning permit?
3. Do I need a fire inspection?
4. How can I report a fire or emergency?
5. How can I request a fire safety presentation?
6. How do I get to the Fire Department administrative offices?
7. How does 911 work?
8. How many smoke detectors do I need in my house?
9. Should I have a carbon monoxide detector?
10. Should I report a small fire, even if it's already out?
11. What are the statistics with children and fires?
12. What is the ISO rating for the Town of North Kingstown?
13. What kind of fire extinguisher should I buy?