“There is no greater tragedy than one that could have been prevented.” I cannot take credit for this statement, however, I could not agree more and the tragedy of home fires and the devastation they inflict is a perfect example. And when the prevention is as easy as installing and maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors it becomes more ironic.
This year daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 3 at 2:00 AM. (Remember “Spring ahead – Fall back”). In concert with the nationwide campaign “Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries,” the New Canaan Fire Department and the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office also want to remind everyone to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. By being proactive this also helps avoid that annoying “chirp” that inevitably starts at 2 in the morning.
Each year more than 2,500 people die in fires, most of them in residential occupancies.
National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6 to 12 this year and the theme is “Not Every Hero Wears a Cape – Plan Your Escape.” Fire service throughout the nation will be working to emphasize fire safety awareness as will the New Canaan Fire Department. Firefighters will be visiting schools throughout town giving demonstrations on how to stay fire safe. Also, school groups will be touring the fire house to learn about how the fire fighters live, train and work. There will also be a display of the history of the New Canaan Fire Company and the fire service in general at the New Canaan Historical Society at 13 Oenoke Ridge, now through the end of the month.
On behalf of the Rotary Club of New Canaan we thank everyone who joined us at the 34th Annual Rotary Club Lobsterfest this past weekend. We served up 1,400 lobster dinners (and a few chicken dinners) to eager diners under the stars at the New Canaan Historical Society. Proceeds from this event will fund global and local charitable initiatives, many in our own backyard. We are indebted to our sponsors and thank: Hoyt Funeral Home, Rucci Law Group, Reynolds and Rowella, Santella Electric, Hobbs Inc., Karl Chevrolet, HTG Investment Advisors Inc., CAIM, Benchmark IT LLC, Walter Stewart’s Market, and Lambert, Toohey, and Rucci. As well, we thank the young men of the New Canaan High School SLoBS (Service League of Boys) for donating their time and effort, and to the New Canaan Historical Society for the use of their great lawn for the event.
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, N.Y. 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 questions regarding fire safety please call us at 594-3030.
With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. 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 fireworks.