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Fire Marshal Issues Safety Tips for College-Bound New Canaan Teens

Very soon many young people will be heading off to college – some for the first time. It is a time of big change for first-time collegians beginning the next stage in their lives. Fire safety is probably the last thing that families are thinking about as they head off to college.  

However, fire safety is very important – even more so – in dorms or apartment buildings with hundreds of young students. Even more critical is “off-campus” housing that may not be covered by campus housing rules as we were so vividly reminded by the tragic fire at Marist College in Poughkeepsie a few years ago. The New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office would like to offer important fire safety tips to help keep these students safe for this new adventure:

Insure that each sleeping room is equipped with operable smoke detectors. 
Candles are a leading cause of campus fires – never burn candles or other open flame devices in dorm rooms or common areas. 
Never use extension cords in place of proper, permanent wiring. 
If given the choice, opt for a dorm/living quarters equipped with automatic fire sprinkler systems. 
Know all ways out of your room/dorm and, where each exit discharges. Take a few minutes to walk the routes to familiarize yourself. 
In High-rise buildings, always have a means of re-entering your apartment if the hall becomes untenable (have room keys ready to go). 
Always follow all directions and guidelines of the school and participate if fire drills as directed. 
Learn your address so if you have to call 911 on your cell phone you can give the proper location. 
Learn the location of fire alarm pull stations and the sound of the alarm system. 
Never cook in your room – cooking related is another common cause of dorm fires. 

The New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office wishes all young adults heading off to new frontiers a happy and Fire Safe future. If you have further questions regarding fire safety please call us at 594-3030. Continue Reading →

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Firefighters Put Out Blaze in Bald Hill Road Garage After Midnight Friday

Firefighters after midnight Friday put out a blaze that started in a garage in the northeastern corner of town, officials said. At about 12:13 a.m. on Aug. 3, the New Canaan Fire Department received a report of smoke at 140 Bald Hill Road, according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Arriving units found that a refrigerator in the garage had caught fire, according to Baker. It quickly was extinguished, limiting damage to the garage and its contents, he said. Continue Reading →

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Water Leaking Through Roof Prompts Town To Close ‘Garelick & Herbs’ Temporarily

Town officials have temporarily closed gourmet market and caterer Garelick & Herbs downtown for safety reasons after discovering that water was dripping through light fixtures in the store. The popular eatery at 97 Main St. has been closed since Friday afternoon due to its “hazardous condition,” according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. It isn’t clear just when the store would reopen, though town officials said a contractor is addressing a problem with the building’s new roof and that shouldn’t take too long. 

Asked about the situation, Garelick & Herbs said in an email: “We are so sorry for any inconvenience caused to our customers. We are unsure of the date that we will be opening since it is necessary to have all repairs done prior to reopening.” Continue Reading →

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New Canaan Fire Marshal Issues ‘Fireworks Safety’ Tips

With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates this year, the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office wishes to make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety. Only sparklers and “shower” type fireworks are legal to sell and use in Connecticut.  No aerial or exploding type fireworks are permitted to be sold or used in the state. (Go to the Family Fourth – you will see a tremendous professional show!)
Only persons 16 years and older may use the above fire works. Always keep at least 30’ away from spectators and structures and strictly follow manufacturer’s instructions. Continue Reading →

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NCFD Crews Extinguish Fire in Oenoke Ridge Road Home 

Firefighters on Tuesday evening extinguished a small fire caused by a recessed light fixture pushed into the ceiling of an Oenoke Ridge Road home undergoing renovations, officials said. No one was injured in the fire at 712 Oenoke Ridge Road, where the New Canaan Fire Department was dispatched at about 6:28 p.m., according to Fire Marshal Fred Baker. Workers at the home, currently unoccupied, said they “had a smoke condition” there, Baker said in a press release. “Crews were able to pinpoint a small fire in the ceiling above the dining room that was quickly extinguished with portable water extinguishers,” he said. The light fixture had been pushed up into the ceiling to allow for painting and “became energized,” Baker said. Continue Reading →

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