Naugatuck police are warning residents about a smoke detector inspection scam.
Police said there have been complaints about people who say they are representing the fire department, and trying to set up appointments to inspect the homeowner’s smoke detectors.
"When we first got the call we were surprised," said Bill Scanlon, acting deputy fire marshal.
The scam has been directed at a large number of single family and elderly homes, police said.
"They were indicating in some of the calls that there would be a penalty if they did not let them into the homes, they would be ticketed or fined," said Naugatuck Police Lt. Bryan Cammarata.
Residents should know that the fire department does not request to inspect smoke detectors at single family homes.
Fire officials will perform inspections on multi-family homes.
"We don't go into single family homes. The Connecticut state fire code does not allow us to go into single or two families, we start at three," Scanlon said.
If residents receive calls regarding a smoke detector inspection, they should contact the fire department at 203-720-7082 to make sure it is legitimate.
Police said they also want to be informed about these calls, at 203-729-5222.
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