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[Share]Published: November 02, 2013

FDNY Reminds New Yorkers to Change the Batteries in their Smoke Alarms

Lt. John Errico from the Fire Safety Education Unit explains critical fire safety education information at a location in the Bronx. He is one of many educators reaching out to the public in the wake of several fatal fires in homes without working smoke alarms.

Lt. John Errico from the Fire Safety Education Unit explains critical fire safety education information at a location in the Bronx. He is one of many educators reaching out to the public in the wake of several fatal fires in homes without working smoke alarms.

After five recent fire deaths – including three children – in New York City homes without working smoke alarms, FDNY members paused on Nov. 1 to remind all New Yorkers to be sure to change the batteries in their smoke and CO alarms when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

“This mission is extremely personal to all of us,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said at a Fire Safety Education battery and safety information giveaway event in the Bronx near where the fatal fires occurred. “We want to make sure that people have the tools and knowledge to prevent or escape a fire.”

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano at the event spoke of the critical importance of smoke and CO alarms.

Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano at the event spoke of the critical importance of smoke and CO alarms.

The Fire Safety Education Unit stresses that 75 percent of all fatal fires are in homes without working smoke alarms.

Smoke alarm batteries should be changed twice a year – unless they are a model with a sealed 10-year battery. Smoke and CO alarms themselves should be replaced every 10 years.

Learn more about FDNY Fire Safety Education on battery giveaway locations and how to keep your home fire safe.

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