The New York State Senate has passed legislation requiring that all battery operated smoke alarms sold in New York State be equipped with non-removable, sealed-in batteries capable of powering the device for at least 10 years.
The bill, also passed previously in the Assembly, prompted applause from Firemen’s Association of the State of New York President Robert McConville.
“As firefighters, we frequently encounter the horrific effects of fires in homes without working smoke alarms,” McConville said. “This bill makes New York State a safer place and will undoubtedly go a long way toward preventing future home fire deaths. We look forward to working with the Governor in the coming weeks to see this bill become law.”
According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of every five home fire deaths in the United States takes place in a home without working smoke alarms. Firefighters frequently encounter smoke alarms that have been disabled or are missing batteries.
The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) represents the interests of the more than 90,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York State. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.