New Canaanites starting now can avail themselves of a free promotion for a safety tool that experts call critical to avoiding home fires. By filling out and submitting this form—also available in person at Weed & Duryea and New Canaan Fire Department headquarters—residents can put in for one of four metal ash disposal buckets. Designed for safe disposal of hot embers and ashes from a fireplace, the buckets are “very important,” according to New Canaan firefighter Jim Pickering. “We have had, through the years, numerous fires with the misplacing of the fire ashes, either in the garbage, we have had a maid vacuum up ashes and put the vacuum in closet and the vacuum starts a fire,” Pickering told NewCanaanite.com. “And then we had the Stamford fire where the grandparents and kids passed, they say it was started because of fireplace ashes.