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Free smoke alarms to be given away this weekend

Free smoke alarms to be given away this weekend

The department has joined others across America in the annual "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" campaign, which encourages people to change their smoke alarm batteries when they change their clocks.

"We've installed hundreds of smoke alarms over the past 30 years, and will continue to do so until everyone who needs them has them", Olszewski said.

The fire department encourages the installation of new batteries and the manual testing of all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms at least twice a year, preferably at the beginning and end of daylight saving time.

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Have a strategy in place if something were to happen.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. If you have 10-year lithium battery smoke detectors, it still is a good habit to test them. Instead, you should open a window, wave a towel to clear the air, or press the hush button. These deaths have occurred in homes that did not have working smoke alarms. Install smoke alarms on every level of the home.

When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. By having a working smoke alarm, it may allow a family the precious, but limited, time needed to escape.

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Thanks to generous donations by New Canaan Firefighters, Local 3224, free batteries will be offered to New Canaan residents (three per household, please) at Fire Headquarters on Main Street from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 10.

Furthermore, the report entails different market efficiencies, measures, and inceptions of the Smoke Alarms market. Vacuum or dust your smoke alarms according to manufacturer's directions to keep them working properly.

"Some alarms may need to be checked more often".

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"Ensuring you have working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step you can take to increase your family's safety from a home fire", Jorgensen said. The battery in these alarms are used as a back up in case you ever lose power. Hazardous weather conditions can develop at any time - Be Prepared!