New Canaan Fire Marshal: ‘Close Before You Doze’

We all know that it is important to have working smoke alarms, an escape plan and designated meeting place in the event of a fire. Did you know that closing your doors also increases the safety in your home? Closed doors can reduce fire spread, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down and may even save your life if you become trapped. 50% of home fires happen between 11 pm and 7am. Closing the door before going to sleep will help keep you safe.

New Canaan Fire Marshal on ‘Grilling Safety’

Outdoor grilling remains one of the most popular ways to cook food. A grill placed close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. Over 10,000 home fires are started by grills on a yearly average. 64% of all US households own at least one outdoor BBQ, grill or smoker. Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

Fire Marshal: NCFD Responded to Two CO Incidents Sunday

The New Canaan Fire Department responded to two carbon monoxide as incidents on Sunday night caused by cars left running in the garage. The CO levels that were found in the house could be dangerous and cause serious health effects. One person was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Today’s technologies of remote staring and keyless fobs present challenges. A driver does not have to turn and remove a key from the ignition to turn off the vehicle.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Where’s the Fire?

We have all been there – driving to an unfamiliar area and trying to find an unfamiliar address. If house/street numbers are clearly displayed you can find your destination fairly easily. If there is no street number clearly visible, how do you know if you are at the right place? This sounds like a simple question but, in an emergency, it can be the difference between life and death. House numbers are not only convenient but critical for emergency responders to locate those in need.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Spring Ahead – Fall Back

This year daylight savings time comes early on Sunday March 10, 2024 at 2:00 AM.  In concert with the nation wide “Change Your Clocks – Change Your Batteries” campaign the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office and New Canaan Fire Department want to remind everyone that this is the time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. On Saturday, March 9, 2024 fire fighters will again be offering free batteries to New Canaan residents (3 per household please) at Fire Headquarters at 60 Main Street from 9:00 am-5:00 pm.  Additionally, residents who are unable to change their own batteries due to age or disability may call the Fire Department at
203-594-3140 to arrange for fire fighters to come to your residence for assistance. Due to the high occurrence of false alarms plaguing the department the
New Canaan Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents with automatic fire alarm systems to please have them serviced by certified alarm technicians. This will ensure proper operation and help us to reduce false alarms.
If anyone has any questions or concerns about these or other fire safety topics pleased contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-594-3030.