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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2008

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY REMINDS NEW YORKERS TO CHANGE THEIR SMOKE ALARM BATTERIES WHEN CHANGING CLOCKS THIS WEEKEND

(for scheduling purposes)

The New York City Fire Department will be hosting fire safety events at major transportation hubs across the City this week to encourage New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks this Sunday for Daylight Saving Time.

As part of the annual “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” campaign, the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit will be distributing 50,000 9-volt batteries and fire safety materials at more than 25 locations this week. The citywide campaign is aimed at promoting fire safety awareness and reminding New Yorkers about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in their home. The batteries were donated by the FDNY Foundation, the Department’s non-profit arm which supports equipment, training and education initiatives.

Last month, the FDNY and FDNY Foundation unveiled the largest fire safety campaign in Department history called Sound the Alarm. Funded through a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the cutting-edge educational campaign was developed in the wake of a tragic fire at 1022 Woodycrest Ave. in the Bronx on March 7, 2007, that killed nine children and one adult.

*********** A list of fire safety events scheduled for this week ***********

Tuesday, March 4 -- Queens (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Jamaica Center -- Parsons Boulevard and Archer Avenue train station
Jamaica -- 179th Street and Hillside Avenue train station
Flushing -- Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue train station
Jackson Heights -- Roosevelt Avenue and Broadway train station
Corona -- Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue train station
Astoria – corner of Ditmars Blvd and 31st Street 

Wednesday, March 5 -- Brooklyn

Coney Island Terminal -- corner of Stillwell and Surf Avenue (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Broadway Junction Complex -- Jamaica Avenue and Fulton Street (4 p.m. to 6 p.m)
Borough Park -- 49th Street and 13th Avenue (noon to 2 p.m.)
Sunset Park -- Eighth Avenue and 50th Street (noon to 2 p.m.)
Bay Ridge -- Bay Ridge Parkway and Fifth Avenue (noon to 2 p.m.)
Atlantic Terminal -- Atlantic Avenue and Flatbush Avenue (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Crown Heights -- Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway train station (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Thursday, March 6 -- Staten Island

Staten Island Ferry Terminal (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Staten Island Mall at 2655 Richmond Ave. (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Pathmark Shopping Center at 1351 Forest Ave. (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Kmart Shopping Center at 2660 Hylan Blvd. (noon to 3 p.m.)

Friday, March 7 -- Manhattan

Corner of 350 W. 125th St. (noon to 2 p.m.)
Union Square Park -- 14th Street and Broadway (noon to 2 p.m.)
West 168th Street and Broadway train station (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
Canal Street train station between Broadway and Lafayette Street (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.)

Saturday, March 8

Bronx (noon2 p.m.)
Fordham Plaza at 430 East Fordham Road
East 149th Street and Grand Concourse
East 177th Street and Grant Circle train station
Pelham Bay Park and Bruckner Expressway train station
East 161St Street and River Avenue at Yankee Stadium

Manhattan (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
New York Hilton Times Square
234 West 42nd St. between 7th and 8th avenues


Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Tony Sclanfani, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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