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Press Releases / 2003 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2003

MEDIA ADVISORY:

FIRE COMMISSIONER NICHOLAS SCOPPETTA
REMINDS NEW YORKERS TO CHANGE THEIR SMOKE DETECTOR BATTERIES AS THEY CHANGE THEIR CLOCKS

New York City Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta today reminded all New Yorkers that as they change their clocks back to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, October 26th, they should also replace the batteries in their smoke detectors.

“When you change your clocks to Eastern Standard Time this Sunday, you should also replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. Fire prevention experts all agree that smoke detectors save lives, however they must be in good working condition. This is one of the simplest ways to help protect yourself and your family from the ravages of fire,” said Commissioner Scoppetta.

Smoke detectors can be purchased for only a few dollars and can be easily installed by using small hand tools. At least one smoke detector should be placed on each floor of your home and it is highly recommended that additional detectors be placed in the kitchen and in sleeping areas.

SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES

Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Michael Loughran (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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