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The town fire marshal’s office has received a limited supply of modern smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors that it will distribute free to residents with low incomes who are unable to buy such fire safety devices.
Fire Marshal Rich Frampton said September 20 that he attended the recent Operation Save A Life program held at New Haven Fire Department Training Center at which he received the devices for distribution in Newtown.
The smoke detectors and CO detectors are manufactured by Kidde/United Technologies.
There are several dozen sealed-battery smoke detectors to be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, Mr Frampton said. The smoke detectors are powered by a ten-year battery, which eliminates the need to replace batteries in the device, which is designed to work for ten years, he said.
Less than a dozen CO detectors are available, he added. Those devices require that their batteries be replaced, as needed.
Distribution of the safety devices is intended to have their users practice fire safety.
The fire marshal’s office is located at Newtown Municipal Center, 3 Primrose Street. It has office hours on Mondays through Fridays from 8 am to 4:30 pm. The telephone number is 203-270-4370.