New Canaan Fire Marshal: Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries


On March 12 clocks were turned forward for Daylight Savings time.  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 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.

  • Fire Marshal Paul Payne. Credit: Michael Dinan

    Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10 year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps indicating a low battery, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

  • When replacing a battery on the alarms that allow for that, follow a list of manufacturer’s batteries on the back of the alarm or in the manufacturer’s instructions. The smoke alarm may not work properly if an incorrect battery is used.

Residents who are unable to change their own batteries may call fire headquarters at 203-594-3140 to arrange for fire fighters to come to your residence for assistance.

If you have a security system with integrated smoke detectors, residents are reminded that these systems require annual maintenance as well.

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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