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Press Releases / 2006 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 23, 2006


Fire Department Reminds New Yorkers to Change Their Clocks and Change Their Smoke Alarm Batteries

The Fire Department’s Fire Safety Education Unit is launching the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign today at six major transportation hubs across the City. Members of the unit will be stationed in every borough to remind residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks to Eastern Standard Time this upcoming Sunday.

Teams of fire safety educators will provide safety tips to thousands of subway and bus commuters in targeted neighborhoods, which are the most at risk based on fire injury and fire fatality statistics.

Fire prevention experts insist that smoke alarms save lives. They are designed to provide an early warning of a fire and allow occupants sufficient time to reach a safe environment. However, smoke detectors must be in good working condition. At least one smoke detector should be placed on each floor of a home, and it is highly recommended that additional detectors be placed in the kitchen and sleeping areas.

Fire safety educators also are reminding New Yorkers about the installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide detectors near sleeping areas. It is required by law that these 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. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly gas that is colorless, odorless and tasteless. The gas is produced by the combustion of wood or fossil fuels.

Fire safety educators will be stationed at these locations today between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Manhattan -- 168th St. Station at Broadway
Brooklyn – Dekalb Ave. Station at Flatbush Ave.; Broadway Junction Complex at Jamaica Ave. and Fulton St.
Bronx – 149th St. Station at Grand Concourse
Queens – Jamaica Center at Parsons Blvd. and Archer Ave.
Staten Island – Staten Island Ferry at Richmond Terrace and Bay St.

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon / Seth E. Andrews, FDNY (718) 999-2056

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