The Fire Department’s annual program to help local senior citizens replace the batteries in their smoke detectors begins Oct. 8.

The service, provided free of charge, will run through Oct. 19.

To date, more than 800 residents who have requested this service since the program began, and more than 1,400 batteries have been replaced.

The department has also installed new detectors in homes where needed.

Local seniors interested in having firefighters replace their smoke detector batteries should contact the Fire Department at 203-254-4713.