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    New Haven Fire Department Urges Families to Practice Fire Safety

    (12/8/2010) Fire Marshal Joseph Cappucci announced that as the cold weather season approaches the New Haven Fire Department would like to make the following recommendations:

    Change the Batteries in your smoke detectors

    Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months. You can remind yourself annually when you change your clock to change the smoke detector batteries. Hardwired smoke detectors should have a battery back-up in case of power loss. The smoke detectors should be changed every 10 years.

    Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

    It is recommended that all homes have at least one carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning wood, oil, gasoline, natural gas, charcoal, propane and kerosene. Symptoms of CO poisoning may be flulike, confusion, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath or mimic food poisoning. High levels of CO poisoning may even result in death.

    If your alarm sounds, move outdoors immediately and call the fire department from another phone. Make sure to have your home’s fuel burning equipment serviced regularly by a licensed professional.

    Clean Chimneys and Wood Stove Pipes

    Annual inspection and cleaning reduces the chances of fire related incidents, problems with smoke related incidents and carbon monoxide incidents in the home. Also, have all heating and cooking equipment inspected and serviced by a licensed professional.

    This winter season; protect yourself and your families and call the Fire Marshal’s office if you have any questions at (203) 946-6227.

    Contact Name: Office of the Fire Marshal

    Contact Phone: 203-946-6227

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