FASNY reminds New Yorkers to check smoke detectors at the end of daylight saving time
ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – As daylight saving time ends on November 7th, you need to change your clocks and check your smoke detectors. The New York State Association of Fire Fighters (FASNY) reminds residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
FASNY said to check the batteries and test your alarms. Alarms with removable batteries must have their batteries replaced.
In 2019, New York led the country in home fire deaths with 126 fatalities. The number has since declined, but remains high. FASNY said 77 people died in home fires in 2021. The upcoming winter season is typically the busiest time of year for home fires.
According to the National Association for Fire Prevention, three in five deaths from domestic fires occur in homes without working smoke detectors or in homes without smoke detectors. A quarter of smoke detector failures are due to dead batteries.
“Every second counts in a fire. Smoke detectors provide a critical warning that can help people escape in an emergency, but only if they are functioning properly, ”said FASNY President John P. Farrell. “All smoke detectors should be tested monthly. If your smoke detector has removable batteries, be sure to change them twice a year to make sure they work.
A state law came into effect in 2019 that prohibited the sale of detachable battery-powered smoke detectors. New smoke detectors must be powered by a 10 year sealed non-removable battery or hardwired at home. If you are unsure of the last battery replacement date or purchase of a smoke detector, FASNY encourages you to purchase a new one with 10 year batteries.
Suggestions for smoke alarms from FASNY and NFPA:
- Test alarms at least once a month using the test button
- If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months and change the batteries every year. If a battery starts to lose power, the device will usually beep to alert you. Do not turn off the unit.
- Vacuum or blow out any dust that may collect in the device.
- Never borrow a battery from an alarm for use elsewhere.
- Never paint a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm.
- Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home and in or near every bedroom
- Smoke detectors should not be installed near a window as drafts could interfere with their operation.
More information on fire safety and prevention can be found on the FASNY website.