Danbury firefighters will be dropping in on residents on Saturdays from now through October. They along with members of the Fire Marhsall's office will install 1,300 smoke detectors and perform inspections on existing smoke detectors.
Fire Chief Geoff Herald says part of the campaign is to reach out to seniors, young people and residents who are especially vulnerable to fire injury deaths. Herald says just having a smoke detector in the home cuts the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half.
Because smoke detectors alone won’t prevent every fire death, Herald says the project includes educating residents to have a home fire escape plan so they know what to do if the smoke detector sounds. Herald says with working smoke detectors, more people can safely self-evacuate and reduce the need for interior search and rescue operations--a primary source for firefighter injuries.
Residents who want to schedule a home visit should call the Community Risk Reduction Office of the Fire Marshal at 203-796-1541. The effort is being paid for by a FEMA grant.