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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NOVEMBER 4, 2010

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FDNY AND SPIDERMAN REMIND NEW YORKERS TO
CHANGE THE BATTERIES IN THEIR SMOKE ALARMS
WHEN THEY CHANGE THEIR CLOCKS THIS WEEKEND

70% of fire-related deaths occur in homes that are not equipped with a working smoke alarm

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, along with Spiderman and the FDNY Fire Safety mascot Hot Dog, will be at the Hilton in Times Square, 234 West 42nd Street, 1:30 p.m. on Friday, November 5, reminding New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks this weekend for the end of Daylight Saving Time.  At the end of the event, Spiderman and Hot Dog will use an FDNY truck to reach the clock outside the Hilton and turn it back one hour.

“Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are very powerful tools that can help save your life and the lives of your family,” said Commissioner Cassano.  “But with that great power, comes great responsibility.  I urge everyone to take a few minutes to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks this weekend.  Those few minutes can help keep you and your family safe and alive.”

The FDNY and the FDNY Foundation, in partnership with the Hilton in Times Square, organized this event as part of the New York City Fire Department’s campaign reminding New Yorkers to change their batteries when they change their clocks.  Members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education unit will be teaching fire safety tips to children from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School and distributing smoke alarms, batteries, and literature on how to prevent fires in the home. 

The FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit has held over 4,700 fire safety presentations educating approximately 430,000 New Yorkers in 2010. At these events, they have distributed nearly 15,000 smoke alarms and 56,000 batteries, with an additional 30,000 batteries to be distributed by the end of the year.

Last month, the FDNY and FDNY Foundation launched a new fire safety website, www.fdnyfiresmart.org.  This website offers videos, interactive games and tips for children, parents and seniors, as well as detailed lesson plans for teachers. 

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit, representatives from the FDNY Foundation, students and teachers from the Sacred Heart of Jesus Elementary School

WHERE:

Hilton in Times Square – 234 West 42nd Street between 7th and 8th Avenues

WHEN:

Friday, November 5, 2009 – 1:30 p.m.

***Photo-Op***

Below, please find additional locations and times the FDNY will be distributing batteries and fire safety information throughout the weekend.

Friday, November 5
Brooklyn: Gateway Mall
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 6
Queens: 81-18 Roosevelt Avenue
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Staten Island: 425 Bay Street
   11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bronx: Fordham Plaza
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Manhattan: Union Square 14th Street and Broadway
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  
Manhattan: 350 West 125th Street
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 7
Manhattan: Stuyvesant Town 14th Street and Avenue A
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Brooklyn: Corner of Avenue M and Coney Island Avenue
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brooklyn: Corner of Avenue M and East 15th Street
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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