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There is no extra cost for you to use this link.
Thank you for your support.

Change Clocks – Change Batteries.

Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, November 6, and marks the 29th anniversary of the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program, which reminds us to change the batteries and test our smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This simple act can be lifesaving.
Approximately two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. Since most fatal fires occur at night, it’s essential that every home has working smoke alarms to provide an early warning. Working smoke alarms increase the chance of surviving a home fire by 50 percent.
In addition to changing your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries this weekend, it is recommended to take these additional steps to protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:

· Test alarms once a month using the test button.

· Replace smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old or don’t work properly when tested.

· Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas.

· For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms or dual-sensor alarms.

· Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout your home so that when one sounds, they all sound.

· Make sure everyone in your home understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

· Review your home escape plan and location of your family’s meeting spot.

For more information contact Westport Fire Prevention Division at: (203) 341-5020.

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There is an easy way to help Westport Firefighters raise funds for the WUFCF Charitable Foundation, especially during the upcoming holiday periods.

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By clicking on the link above, when you shop at Amazon, Amazon Smile will donate 0.5% of your purchase to WUFCF. There is no added cost to you and selection of products is not restricted in any way. This is just an easy way for everyone to help us to help our community.

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Fire Prevention Week – October 9 – 15, 2016

 

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Westport Firefighters urge all Westport residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years.

Does your home have a smoke alarm? According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the answer is likely yes: NFPA research shows that most American homes have at least one. But do you know how old your smoke alarms are? If you’re like most people, you’re probably not so sure.

A recent survey conducted by NFPA revealed that only a small percentage of people know how old their smoke alarms are, or how often they need to be replaced. That lack of awareness is a concern for your firefighters and NFPA, along with fire departments throughout the country, because smoke alarms don’t last forever.

Time and again, we have seen the life-saving impact smoke alarms can have in a home fire, but also seen the tragedy that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly. That’s why we’re making a concerted effort to educate Westport residents about the overall importance of smoke alarms, and that they do have a life limit.

Smoke alarms should be replaced at least every 10 years, but because the public is generally unaware of this requirement, many homes have smoke alarms past their expiration date, putting people at increased risk.

As the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week for more than 90 years, NFPA is promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” to better educate the public about the critical importance of knowing how old their smoke alarms are and replacing them once they’re 10 years old. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016.

To find out how old your smoke alarm is and its expiration date, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase). Smoke alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced twice a year when clocks are changed or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they’re running low.

For more information on smoke alarms and this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”, visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Firefighter Completes Triathlon to Benefit 9/11 Memorial

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Westportnow.com…….
Westport firefighter Benjamin Racho, 41, receives congratulations today near the finish line of the Fairfield County Bank Westport Kiwanis Club Triathlon at Compo Beach. Racho, running with his 80-pounds of gear and the Westport Uniformed Firefighters Charitable Foundation were raising funds for the maintenance of the Connecticut 9/11 Living Memorial at Sherwood Island State Park.