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


This Sunday November 5 at 2 am marks the end of daylight savings. We will “fall back” moving the clock to 1 am, gaining an extra hour of sleep.

Fire Marshal Paul Payne. Credit: Michael Dinan

The New Canaan Fire Marshal’s Office and the New Canaan Fire Department want to remind everyone this is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. By being proactive this also helps avoid that annoying “chirp” that inevitably starts at 3 in the morning! 

  • 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.

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

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.

Questions or concerns about smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, alarm systems and other fire safety topics? 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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