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. 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.

New Canaan Fire Marshal’s ‘Halloween Safety Tips’

Halloween is a fun and spooky time of year for kids. Make trick-or-treating safe for your children with a few easy safety tips:

When choosing a costume stay away from long, trailing fabric. If your child is wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out. Provide children with flashlights to carry or use glow sticks as part of their costume. Dried flowers, corn stalks and crepe paper catch fire easily.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: Cooking Fire Safety

October 8-14, 2023 is National Fire Prevention week. This year’s focus is “Cooking Safety starts with YOU. Pay attention to fire prevention.”

Cooking related fire is one of the most common causes of home fires (not to mention automatic alarms!).  Following are a few tips on cooking safety so your meals can be as uneventful as they are delicious:
Many cooking fires occur when pots are placed on the stove to warm and then we get distracted by a phone call, a child calling or an interesting home repair show. To help avoid this set the timer for 3 – 5 minutes as a reminder to come back and check. If a pot catches fire NEVER carry the pot to the sink, outdoors, etc.

New Canaan Fire Marshal: ‘Close Before You Doze’ 

It’s time to add “Close your door” to your fire safety checklist. We all know how important it is to have working smoke alarms, escape plans and a safe meeting place in case of a fire. Closing doors in your home is also important for your safety. Closed doors can reduce fire growth, limit damage to your home, keep temperatures down and can even save your life if you should become trapped. Doze Safely: Approximately 50% of home fires happen between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Close your door before you go to sleep.