FASNY reminds all New Yorkers to inspect their smoke detectors – troyrecord

NEW YORK – As we prepare to reset our clocks on November 6 for the end of DST, the New York State Firefighters Association (FASNY) has urged all New Yorkers to change / check the batteries of their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Alarms with removable batteries must be replaced. Alarms that have sealed batteries should make sure they work. Owners should replace any detector over 10 years old.

Working smoke detectors are often the difference between life and death in a home fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the risk of dying in a home without working smoke detectors is 55% higher than in a home with fully functioning alarms. In addition, three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

New York State enacted legislation in 2019 that required all new smoke alarms to contain 10-year non-removable batteries that discourage tampering. If you are unsure of when you last replaced the batteries or purchased a smoke detector, FASNY encourages you to purchase a new one.

This time of year usually brings an increase in house fires. Currently, New York State has the third highest number of residential fire deaths in the nation with 108 civilians killed, up from 76 at this time last year. New York is slightly behind Texas (113) and Pennsylvania (127).

“The most dangerous time of year for home fires is upon us. All New Yorkers should make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly,” said FASNY President, Edward Tase Jr.

“We encourage you to replace your fire alarm every ten years and to check your alarm monthly. Help prevent tragedies by protecting your home with smoke detectors on all levels and outside sleeping areas,” Tase Jr. explained.

Smoke alarms provide critical minutes to escape the home in an emergency. Another essential tool is a carbon monoxide detector, which can warn of quiet but deadly gas buildup in the home. As the weather turns colder and snow begins to fall, New Yorkers should perform a home safety check to make sure CO detectors are working properly.

“Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are the first line of defense against tragedy,” noted Tase Jr.

“Unfortunately, we find that the majority of fatal fires occur in homes without smoke alarms or in homes where they are not working properly. This Sunday is a great reminder to do a home safety check – check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure everyone knows how to get out of the house in case of an emergency,” Tase added. Jr.

Safety tips provided by FASNY and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) include:

• Test alarms at least once a month using the test button.

• If you have a smoke alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months and change the batteries at least once a year. If a battery begins to lose power, the device will usually beep to alert you. Do not disable the unit.

• Vacuum or blow out any dust that may accumulate inside the unit.

• Never borrow an alarm battery for use elsewhere.

• Never paint a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm.

• Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home, including the basement and in or near every bedroom.

• Smoke alarms should not be installed near a window as drafts may interfere with their operation.

• Families should also develop and practice a fire escape plan.

• Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing batteries.

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