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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 24, 2005


Fire Department reminds all New Yorkers to change their smoke detector batteries when they change their clocks back to Eastern Standard Time this weekend

Today, the FDNY in cooperation with the Fire Safety Education Fund will conduct a citywide “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Battery" campaign.

Between the hours of 3:30-6:00PM Firefighters and Fire Safety Educators from the FDNY Fire Safety Education Fund will be on hand at major transportation hubs distributing nine-volt batteries to encourage all New Yorkers to check and change the batteries in their smoke and CO detectors.

Smoke detectors and CO detectors can save your life, but only if they are working. Sadly nearly 1/3 of installed smoke detectors are not operable due to the batteries being dead or removed.

Thousands of batteries are being distributed in many locations throughout the city over the next few days. Each nine-volt battery comes in an envelope that has fire safety information printed on it. In addition members of the New York City Fire Department’s Fire Safety and Education Unit will be on hand to answer any questions regarding fire safety or the proper placement of smoke detectors in your home.

Smoke detectors can be purchased for as little as $5.00 and can be easily installed by using only 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.

Batteries are being distributed in the following locations:

Staten Island - Staten Island Ferry-Saint George, 1 Richmond Terrace/Bay Street

Queens- Jamaica Center Parsons Boulevard/Archer Avenue

Manhattan- Grand Central Station

Bronx- 149th Street and Grand Concourse

Brooklyn- Broadway ( East New York ) Junction Complex- Jamaica Avenue/Fulton Street and at the DeKalb Avenue Station at Flatbush Avenue .


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

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