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From the desk of Fire Marshal Fred Baker

Published 4:42 pm, Friday, November 1, 2013
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"There is no greater tragedy than one that could have been prevented." I cannot take credit for this statement however, I could not agree more and the tragedy of home fires and the devastation they inflict is a perfect example. And when the prevention is as easy as installing and maintaining smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors it becomes more ironic.

This year daylight savings time ends on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. (Remember "Spring ahead -- fall back"). In concert with the nationwide campaign Change Your Clocks -- Change Your Batteries, the New Canaan Fire Department and the Rotary Club of New Canaan 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.

Thanks to a generous donation by the Rotary Club of New Canaan and the New Canaan Fire Company, firefighters will again be offering free batteries to New Canaan residents (three per household, please) at fire headquarters on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2. 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.

If anyone has any questions or concerns about smoke detector or carbon monoxide detectors or other fire safety topics, please contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office at 203-594-3030.