As Daylight Savings Time comes to an end on Nov. 5, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York urges all citizens to check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly prepared for an emergency. Alarms equipped with either removeable or sealed-in batteries both need to be tested. Removeable batteries should be replaced, and sealed-in batteries should be checked to confirm they are functioning.
Data from the National Fire Protection Association states that three of every five home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, and the vast majority of smoke alarm failures are due to dead or missing batteries. FASNY recommends cleaning all alarms to remove any debris that might impede their function and to test the batteries, changing them as necessary. Taking these precautionary measures, as well as creating and practicing a home escape plan, are some of the important steps New Yorkers can take to protect their homes and families.
“The end of Daylight Savings Time is the perfect opportunity to check your smoke alarm batteries,” said FASNY President Ken Pienkowski.
At the end of 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that will require all smoke alarms sold in New York state to be equipped with sealed-in, non-removable batteries that last for at least 10 years. The new law will take effect in 2019 and marks an important step in improving New York’s fire safety.