Fire officials aim to save lives

Trumbull fire officials recently participated in Operation-Save-A-Life, a fire-prevention campaign held at the New Haven Regional Fire School in New Haven. The event was sponsored by WTNH News 8, Kidde, Home Depot, JP Maguire, and Everyday Heroes CT.

During the event employees from The Home Depot and WTNH-News 8 distributed 5,000 smoke detectors and 1,000 CO alarms to local fire departments for use in their community fire prevention programs. All of the smoke detectors feature 10-year batteries and all were donated by Kidde. Because the battery is sealed inside these 10-year sealed-battery smoke alarms, the hassle of low-battery chirps and battery replacement is eliminated for the life of the unit, said Nichols Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury.

“This design also reduces the risk of an inoperable smoke alarm due to missing batteries,” he said. This is important because the National Fire Prevention Association reports three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without alarms or without working alarms, he said.

To help save lives, Trumbull fire officials are reminding residents to change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors with replaceable batteries on Sunday, Nov. 4, as part of the yearly routine to change clocks back when Daylight Saving Time ends in the fall, and forward in the spring when it begins again.

“October is Fire Prevention Month,” Kingsbury said. “Please practice fire safety in your home and place of business. Thank you!”