Fire Prevention goes door-to-door smoke alarm installation

Members of the Shelton Fire Department and American Red Cross

The Shelton Fire Department, Office of Fire Marshal, and Fire Prevention Bureau in partnership with the New Haven Area Chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC) recently conducted door-to-door fire safety awareness campaign which included the installation of free smoke alarms. The effort took place on Sunday, Sept. 13 and focused on residents of the Fairchild and Sunnyside mobile home parks located within Shelton. Over 130 homes were visited by volunteer firefighters of the Shelton Fire Department consisting of Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Company No. 1, Huntington Fire Company No. 3, Pine Rock Park Volunteer Fire Company No. 4, and White Hills Volunteer Fire Company No. 5 along with volunteers from the American Red Cross. Fran Jones, Chief of Shelton Fire Department stated that “the department is grateful for the smoke alarms provided and the time given by the committed volunteers from the ARC.”

While firefighters provided residents with fire safety brochures, volunteers from the American Red Cross installed new smoke alarms in several homes. ARC volunteers also distributed information on emergency planning. Ted Pisciotta, Assistant Chief – Fire Prevention states that “smoke alarms save lives by providing early warning and time for occupants to quickly escape.” This program was conducted through a nationwide effort by the American Red Cross to assist local communities in fire prevention, awareness, and safety. Firefighters last responded to a mobile home fire in Sunnyside Park on June 17, 2014.

Anyone who is in need of installing a smoke alarm and may need assistance should contact the Shelton Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-924-1555, extension 1340.

Always have working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, test them monthly and keep them clean and equipped with fresh batteries at all times. Know when and how to call for help. And remember to practice your home escape plan.

For additional information on fire safety, visit the Shelton Fire Prevention Bureau web site found at under “Public Safety.”