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City of Stamford: Change your clocks, change your batteries

By City of Stamford

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Stamford Mayor Pavia, reminds everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks this weekend for the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

Each year thousands of people die tragically in fires. Most did not have properly functioning smoke detectors present.

The Director of Public Safety Thaddeus Jankowski said “The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Properly installed and maintained smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are the only thing in the home that can alert individuals and families of fire and carbon monoxide twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.”

Having properly installed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, changing their batteries at least once a year, testing those alarms and reminding others to do the same are some of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce tragic death and injuries.

The Fire Chief of the Stamford Fire Department Antonio Conte said “We urge all Stamford residents to protect themselves and their loved ones. Properly functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors save lives.”

The Stamford Fire Department will be at the Stamford Mall on Sunday March 10, 2013 from 12 PM to 2 PM reminding everyone of the importance of testing and maintaining smoke and carbon monoxide detection.

Captain Matt Palmer, the President of the Stamford Fire Life Safety Foundation said, “Fire Life Safety is so important to the Stamford Fire Life Safety Foundation that residents in need can request a smoke detector and a fire unit will come and install it for the resident.” The Stamford Fire Life Safety Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides for the safety of Stamford residents by providing smoke detector(s) and installation for residents in need.

Owners of all single family and two family dwellings are reminded that they are required to install or have installed properly operating smoke and carbon monoxide detection in place within each individual dwelling unit as per the City of Stamford Ordinance.

The ordinance requires detection to be located as follows:

• A smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector shall be located on the ceiling or wall outside of each separate sleeping area in the immediate vicinity of bedrooms.
• A smoke detector shall be located in each room used for sleeping purposes.
• A smoke detector shall be located in each story within a dwelling unit, including basements but not including crawl spaces and uninhabitable attics. In dwellings or dwelling units with split levels and without an intervening door between the adjacent levels, a smoke alarm installed on the upper level shall suffice for the adjacent lower level provided that the lower level is less than one full story below the upper level.

If you need further information, please contact – the Stamford Fire Department at
(203) 977-5555 or you can go onto the City of Stamford website at

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