March 11, 2011


Press Release

                                                Contact: Jeff Morrissette, State Fire Administrator

                                                (860) 627-6363 Ext. 230

Time to Check Your Smoke Alarms

The Commission on Fire Prevention and Control reminds Connecticut residents that this Sunday March 13, we will all be setting our clocks ahead to Daylight Saving Time.  This is an ideal time to replace batteries in all smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors in your home,” said Jeffrey Morrissette, State Fire Administrator. “It is a small investment in ensuring the safety of your family”, Morrissette continued.  Also the entire smoke detector unit should be replaced after ten years.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than 66 percent of home fire deaths occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm between 2003-2006.  A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Whether you’re awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke. Smoke alarms must be maintained! A smoke alarm with a dead or missing battery is the same as having no smoke alarm at all, so test your smoke alarm monthly by pushing the “test” button, if it has one.  Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement. Many fatal fires begin late at night or early in the morning, so the U.S. Fire Administration recommends installing smoke alarms both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

The United States Fire Administration has a fire safety campaign called Install Inspect Protect which provides information about home smoke alarms and fire sprinklers. Please visit the campaign Web site at

The Connecticut Fire Academy is the teaching arm of the Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control. Part of their mission is educating the public in fire and burn prevention.