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Press Releases / 2005 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2005

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

NEW YORK CITY FIRE DEPARTMENT REMINDS NEW YORKERS TO CHANGE THEIR SMOKE DETECTOR AND CO DETECTOR BATTERIES AS THEY CHANGE THEIR CLOCKS

On Saturday, October 29, 2005, the New York City Fire Department and the Fire Safety Education Fund will be on hand at the Tourneau Time Machine in Manhattan to remind all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and CO detectors when they change their clocks back to Eastern Standard Time this Sunday.

This weekend when you change your clocks, you should also take the time to 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.

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 sleeping areas.

The department is also reminding people of the importance of installing carbon monoxide detecting devices within proximity of sleeping areas in apartments and private homes. Local Law #7 which took effect on November 1st of last year requires that Carbon Monoxide detectors be installed in private homes and in each unit of most multiple dwellings. All buildings where furnaces or boilers that burn fossil fuels (coal, kerosene, oil, wood, and petroleum products) are used are subject to the law.

CO is deadly… it is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by the combustion of wood or fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum products and other fuel gases and each year in the United States it takes the lives of approximately 600 people. In addition, nearly 10,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for symptoms of CO poisoning.

WHO:

Deputy Assistant Chief of Operations Chief John Coloe, Vice President of Tourneau, Richard Gellman, FDNY Firefighters, Hot Dog the Fire Safety Dog and other members of the Fire Department.

WHAT:

Smoke detector battery giveaway/Fire safety event

WHERE:

Tourneau Time Machine 12 East 57 Street, Manhattan

WHEN:

Saturday, October 29, 2005

TIME:

S11:00AM

***PHOTO-OP***

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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