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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 31, 2006

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 to “change their batteries when they change their clocks” on Sunday, April 2nd. 

“When you change your clocks to Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, you should also replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors.” These devices can provide that extra few minutes that can mean the difference between life and death,” said Commissioner Scoppetta. “I urge everyone to take the time this weekend to check the smoke and CO detectors in your home and to install fresh batteries as you change your clocks. Smoke and CO detectors can save your life, but only if it they are working.”

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 close proximity to sleeping areas.

Carbon Monoxide is a deadly, colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by the incomplete combustion of wood or fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum products and other fuel gases. Each year in the United States it takes the lives of approximately 1500 people. A CO detector can alert you to elevated levels of CO in your home before you experience any symptoms.

Learn more about CO poisoning as well as preventing and surviving a fire, visit the Fire Zone—the Fire Department’s state-of-the-art educational center in Rockefeller Center or on the web at www.fdnyfirezone.org

SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES

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