FDNY Reminds New Yorkers to Change the Batteries in their Smoke/CO Alarms for Daylight Saving Time
Director of Fire Safety Education Anthony Mancuso, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano urge all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke/CO alarms for Daylight Saving Time.
Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff and Director of Fire Safety Education Anthony Mancuso met at the FDNY Fire Zone on March 7 to remind all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving Time.
“One fire death is one too many,” Commissioner Cassano said. “If you don’t have an alarm in your home, please get one, and be sure to change its batteries twice a year.”
He noted that in 2013, 52 of the 67 fire-related deaths in New York City were in homes without working smoke alarms.
The FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Unit is giving away 30,000 smoke/CO alarm batteries and fire safety materials in 10 languages at 27 locations throughout the five boroughs to mark the Daylight Saving Time change. They also host 6,000 fire safety education events throughout the year.
The FDNY Fire Zone recently was updated with new videos, lights and sound systems, to ensure the fire safety message reaches as many people as possible.
“It’s everyone’s job to drive this message home,” Chief Kilduff said. “A smoke alarm is your best defense. It’s the most important item you can have in your home.”