On Sunday, March 8th remember to set your clocks ahead one hour. I know it doesn’t seem like the snow will ever end, but the long days of summer will be here before we know it!
Changing the clock twice a year is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detector. The Ridgefield Fire Department recommends smoke and carbon monoxide detectors be installed inside every bedroom, and on every level of the home. There are models available that are all connected, so that when one sounds, they all sound. Also, a Ridgefield Town Ordinance requires that all monitored fire alarm systems in Town be registered with the Ridgefield Fire Department. The registration is required to assist the Fire Department in responding to an alarm from a home or business. There is no fee for this registration and you can find the form on the Ridgefield Fire Department “Forms & Applications” page.
In case of a fire in your home, it may also be advisable for your family to have a Knox Box. Knox boxes are key lock boxes purchased by residential and commercial property owners for emergency access to their property. They are mounted near the entrance to the property and hold keys, electronic access cards, floor plans and other vital emergency information. The key to the Knox box is secured on Fire Department emergency vehicles so that the Fire Department can have immediate emergency entry when responding to an alarm. Having a Knox box prevents costly forced entry damage and enables the Fire Department to secure a building after the emergency.
For more information about fire safety, burning permits and other Ridgefield fire-related regulations, visit the Ridgefield Fire Department website.