As it seems that this interminable winter will never end, we look for signs that better (i.e., warmer) weather is approaching. One of those is the beginning of Daylight Saving Time which starts this weekend, officially at 2 a.m. on Sunday. (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.
"There is no greater tragedy than one that could have been prevented."
I can't take credit for this statement, however, I could not agree more and the tragedy of home fires with the devastation they create 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.
Thanks to generous donations by the Rotary Club of New Canaan and New Canaan Fire Fighters, Local 3224, free batteries will be offered to New Canaan residents (three per household, please) at fire headquarters on Main Street from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 8. Residents who are unable to change their own batteries due to age or disability may call fire headquarters at 203-594-3140 to arrange for fire fighters 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, contact the New Canaan Fire Marshal's Office at 203-594-3030.