Waterbury firefighters help protect families from fire by installing smoke detectors in homes

New Haven

(WTNH) — Waterbury firefighters are taking extra steps to protect families from fire.

Wednesday was is the last day of an 8-day effort to hand out and install new working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in some homes that don’t have them.

They made sure to show each resident how to test the detectors.

It was a gesture that surprised residents.

“Adding smoke detectors, I didn’t know that they would go around and do this,” one woman said.

The department got $51,810 from a FEMA grant and $2,590 from the city.

That money was spent on 1,200 smoke alarms, and 400 carbon monoxide alarms.

If any are leftover, they’ll be given to fire crews who can then give them to residents they encounter on emergency calls who don’t have them.

Lieutenant Rylie Robillard said fall is the ideal time of the year to change and test the devices.

“As people start up their furnaces for the year, and they’re using more heating appliances, CO becomes a bigger issue,” Robillard said.

He said many fires they fight start in homes that don’t have working detectors.

“That’s why we’re out here doing this,” Robillard said.

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