When We Fall Back… Make Sure to Check Smoke & CO Detectors

 – FASNY Reminds All New Yorkers to Test Batteries on Sunday, Nov 2nd –

(NEW YORK – October 2014) – As Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 A.M., the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) urges all New Yorkers to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they are functioning properly. FASNY recommends cleaning all detectors to remove any debris that might impede their function and to test the batteries, changing them if necessary.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. Though many homeowners and businesses do in fact have smoke alarms, these units are often not functioning due to a lack of proper maintenance.

“We frequently encounter homes without smoke detectors, or with non-working smoke detectors,” said FASNY President Robert McConville. “Installing and maintaining smoke detectors in your house is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself against fire. Just as important is installing and maintaining CO detectors. Today, so many of our clocks are computerized and reset automatically to reflect the time change, making it easy to forget this crucial task.”

FASNY smoke & CO detector tips:

  • Test detectors at least once a month by using the test button.
  • Check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year (if applicable). If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do NOT disable the unit.
  • Vacuum or blow out any dust that might accumulate in the unit.
  • NEVER borrow a battery from a detector to use somewhere else.
  • NEVER paint a smoke or CO detector.
  • Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement, and in, or near each sleeping area.
  • Smoke detectors should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation.
  • Smoke detectors should be completely replaced every ten years.
  • Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan.

    For more information on smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.fasny.com and www.nfpa.org.