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Press Releases / 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 8, 2012

***PRESS RELEASE***

FDNY FIRE COMMISSIONER AND STAMFORD FIRE CHIEFS JOIN TO URGE EVERYONE TO HAVE A WORKING SMOKE DETECTOR IN THEIR HOME

New Yorkers Reminded to Change Their Smoke Detector Batteries When They Change Their Clocks for Daylight Saving Time

70% of Fire-related Deaths Occur in Homes Not Equipped with a Working Smoke Detector

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, along with Stamford Fire Chief Antonio Conte and Deputy Chief Bill Smith, will be at the quarters of Engine 24/Ladder 5, 227 Avenue of the Americas, 11 a.m. on Friday, March 9, reminding everyone to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks this weekend for the start of Daylight Saving Time.

On December 25, 2011, a fire on Shippan Avenue in Stamford, CT, killed five people, including three young children. No working smoke detector was present at this fire. In New York City, 16 people have died in fires in 2012 where no working smoke detector was present.

"Every year, hundreds of people across America needlessly die in fires in their home where there was no working smoke detector present," said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano. "I thank our friends from the Stamford Fire Department for standing with us to deliver the crucially important, yet simple message - working smoke detectors save lives."

All weekend, at twenty locations throughout New York City, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit will be distributing batteries for smoke detectors to New Yorkers.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief, Stamford Fire Chief Antonio Conte and Deputy Chief Bill Smith, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit

WHERE:

Quarters of Engine 24/Ladder 5 - 227 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan

WHEN:

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 11 a.m.

***Photo-Op***

Below, please find locations and times the FDNY will be distributing batteries and fire safety information in New York City throughout the weekend.

 

Friday March 9:

Manhattan:
350 West 125th Street, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
West 168th Street and Broadway, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Queens:
Flushing-Main Street/Roosevelt Ave Train Station, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Jamaica Centre Parsons/Archer Train Station, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Brooklyn:
Coney Island Terminal-Corner of Stillwell and Surf Ave, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Broadway (East New York) Junction Complex - Jamaica Ave / Fulton Street, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Crown Heights-Utica Avenue/Eastern Parkway Train Station, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Staten Island:
Jewish Community Center of Staten Island 1466 Manor Road, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Staten Island Ferry Terminal - St. George, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Bronx:
East 149th Street and Grand Concourse IRT, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
East 161st Street and River Ave/Yankee Stadium Train Station, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Saturday March 10:

Manhattan:
Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza Concourse Level, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Union Square Train Station, 14th Street and Broadway, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Queens:
Queens Center Mall, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
34-00 48th Street,,12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Brooklyn:
Kings Plaza Shopping Mall Centre Court, 5100 Kings Plaza, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Staten Island:
Staten Island Mall, JC Penny Wing, 2655 Richmond Ave, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Bronx:
Fordham Plaza Metro North, 430 East Fordham Road, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Sunday March 11:

Brooklyn:
13th Avenue and 49th Street, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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

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