Fire Chief: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries


If the Fire Department can prevent a serious fire from occurring, a fire will not have to be fought and lives and property are protected proactively. When prevention is as easy as installing and maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors it is a simple job.

Fire Chief Jack Hennessey

This year daylight savings time ends this Sunday, Nov. 1 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. Also, if you have an alarm system, having annual servicing to ensure proper operation is vital.

Thanks to generous donations, firefighters 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 – 4:00 pm. on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Residents who are unable to change their own batteries may call fire headquarters at 203-594-3140 to arrange for firefighters to come to your residence for assistance.

Additionally, donated smoke detectors and CO detectors, are available to residents who need them – also free of charge (limit 3 per household).

If you have a security system with integrated smoke detectors, residents are reminded that these systems require annual maintenance as well. Residents are also reminded that smoke detectors and CO detectors that are over 10-years old should be replaced. 

If anyone has questions or concerns about smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, alarm systems or, other fire safety topics, please contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-594-3030 or the New Canaan Fire Department at 203-594-3140.

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