New Canaan Fire Dept. stresses importance of smoke detectors
The New England and Tri-state area experienced many tragic fires this past year that resulted in fatalities. These fatal fires did not just take the life of a single person. These were fires with multiple fatalities. In investigating these tragic fires it was discovered that most of the structures did not have any operable smoke alarms. These situations could have been avoided with education in fire prevention and the installation of smoke alarms.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, there were more than 1.4 million fires reported in the United States in 2009. This translated into 3,320 civilian deaths and 16,705 civilian injuries. The New Canaan career firefighters urge all citizens to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
A working smoke alarm provides early warning and critical extra seconds to escape, which is especially important during nighttime fires. Many people mistakenly believe they will be awakened by the smell of smoke. In reality, smoke disorients people and contributes to more fire deaths than actual burns.
Besides installing smoke detectors and changing smoke alarm batteries, the New Canaan firefighters recommend that residents identify a meeting place and practice escape routes with the entire family. Remember, once you're out, stay out, and only dial 911 from a neighbor's house or from a cordless or cellular phone.
The tragic fires mentioned earlier have prompted the New Canaan Career Firefighters to take action and launch a smoke alarm awareness campaign. Thanks to First Alert, the New Canaan Fire Department received a donation of 100 smoke alarms and 50 carbon monoxide alarms. These alarms are available to New Canaan residents. Three smoke alarms and one carbon monoxide alarm will be offered per home.
To obtain a smoke or carbon monoxide detector, contact the New Canaan Fire Department at 203-594-3140.