My basement has flooded, is help available?

The Fire Department does assist residents when local flooding occurs. However, we may not be able to 'pump out' all of the accumulated water. Generally speaking, the pumps available to the department and the town, are used only when there is more then 10 inches of standing water. The pumps will only pump down to approximately the 6 inch level.

A flooded basement has two main safety concerns. Should the water level reach any electrical outlets or the electrical panel. The entire basement could be electrically charged and power should be disconnected before stepping into the water. Additionally, if you have gas heat and/or hot water, the gas main should also be shut down as to prevent natural gas leaking into your home. Only the Public Service Enterprise Group should re-light your heating unit or your hot water heater.

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1. How do I become a member of the Bloomfield Fire Department?
2. Do I need a Carbon Monoxide Detector and if our Carbon Monoxide Detector sounds, will the Fire Department respond?
3. What type of Smoke Detectors are required in my home, and where should they be located?
4. When should I change the batteries in my smoke detector?
5. I'm a senior citizen, will the Fire Dept assist me in installing a smoke detector?
6. What is a Certificate of Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Compliance and do I need one?
7. Am I allowed to openly burn?
8. Can I use my propane barbecue grill on my terrace or balcony?
9. I've locked myself out of residence, will the Fire Dept assist me to gain access?
10. I have room in my basement to create an apartment, is this legal?
11. I changed from oil heat to gas heat. Do I need to remove the old oil tank or when I purchased my home?
12. Does the Fire Dept actually rescue cats that are stuck in a tree?
13. My basement has flooded, is help available?
14. I hear sirens and air horns from my home and they seem very loud, is it necessary to always use them all hours of the day?
15. How do I dispose of my old Fire Extinguishers or Propane Tanks?
16. My homeowners insurance company needs to know the distance from my home to the nearest Fire Hydrant and Fire Station. What can I tell them?