Local & State Laws To Hold In Mind

Keene laws you should know:

  • Parking regulations are enforced, up to and including arrest if fines are not paid.
  • No open containers of alcohol on public property, streets or sidewalks.
  • No overnight parking downtown or in parking lots. November through April.
  • No bicycle or skateboard riding on downtown sidewalks.
  • Bicycles should be registered for identification in case of theft and loss.
  • Noise violations can result in arrest of property owner or apartment renter.

State laws you should know:

  • No open containers of alcohol in vehicles.
  • Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Minors (under 21) in possesion of alcohol are subject to arrest and fines.
  • Furnishing alcohol to others without a licence carries heavy financial penalty and liability exposure.

Safety laws you should know:

  • All rental units and multifamily (two or more apartments) buildings are required to have hard-wired, interconnected, battery back-up smoke detectors in all common areas.
  • Keene's zoning ordinance allows a maximum of four unrelated adults to live in an apartment.
  • It is the property owner's responsibility to have trash and rubbish picked up on a regular basis.
  • All food vendors and establishments must be licensed by the city health department.

Other safety tips:

  • Extension cords cause many fires in living quarters. Only UL-approved, high quality cords should be used.
  • Don't run them under rugs or crimp them in any way.
  • Be careful with Christmas decorations and string lighting: heed the cautions.
  • Fire extinguishers: Know where the extinguishers are wherever you spend most of your time, and know how to use them quickly. Extinguishers are valuable only in the first minute or so of a fire.
  • When a building fire alarm sounds, get out, fast. You can alert others on your way out, but don't delay your escape by going to other parts of a building that's on fire.
  • Use extreme caution with cigarettes. Cigarettes frequently cause fires when they fall from ashtrays.
  • Use caution with all cooking devices, especially small hot plates. Nearby items can ignite if they get too close.