The Fire Department of the City of New York is reminding all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend when they change their clocks Saturday night for daylight saving time. They are also urging everyone to consider the age of their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and any that are 10 years or older should be replaced entirely. To determine the age of your detectors look for the date of manufacturing on the back of the alarm. Oftentimes, people don’t know how old their smoke alarms are and if they’re still functioning properly. That lack of awareness can have deadly consequences: nearly two-thirds of all home related fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. A working smoke alarm can double the chances of survival by increasing the amount of time a person has to escape a fire in their home.
Alarms, even those that are hard-wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection,”
So please… remember…. that as daylight saving time begins, make sure you change your clocks and check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and assure that your home and loved ones are safe.
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Here are some other helpful hints on residential smoke alarms:
◆ Check in at your local fire house, sometimes the offer free detectors to people in the community that request them.
◆Install at least one smoke alarm and one carbon monoxide detector (or combo) on every level of the home, including the basement. For best protection, the detectors should be installed inside and outside sleeping rooms. Make sure everyone can hear the alarm and knows what it sounds like.
◆ Install smoke alarms away from the kitchen to prevent nuisance alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
◆ For the best protection, equip your home with a combination of ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms, carbon monoxide or dual-sensor alarms. If hardwired, Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.
◆ Detectors with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are available and are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps on these units, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
◆ For smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with any other type of battery, it is recommended that the batteries are changed twice a year during daylight saving time. If that alarm chirps, replace the battery immediately.
◆ Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep the detectors alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
◆ Test alarms once a month using the test button. Replace the entire alarm if it’s more than 10 years old or doesn’t work properly when tested.
◆ Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a common meeting place. Share and practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children.
◆ When a detectors sounds, get out of the home immediately and go to your pre-planned meeting place to call 911.
Thank you and please keep safe!