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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 31, 2013

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FOLLOWING 5 RECENT FIRE DEATHS FDNY URGES ALL NEW YORKERS TO HAVE A WORKING SMOKE AND CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS IN THEIR HOME

FDNY Distributing 1,000 Smoke Detectors, Batteries and Electric Candles Citywide

No Working Smoke Detector Present in 75% of New York City’s Fire-Related Deaths

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, will be atEast 161st Street between River and Gerard Avenues in the Bronx at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 1st, reminding all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend. 

 “Since last Friday, five of our children, our friends, our neighbors lost their lives in preventable tragedies – in fires in homes without working smoke detectors.  A working smoke detector is vital to escaping and surviving a fire,” said Commissioner Cassano.  “While we have recently seen historically low rates of fire deaths, we continue to find that in the overwhelming majority of those deaths, no working smoke detector was present.”

Throughout the weekend, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education team will be distributing 1000 smoke detectors, as well as batteries, electronic candles, and fire safety literature in multiple languages at 16 major transportation hubs and shopping centers in all five boroughs.  Smoke detectors and batteries have been generously donated to the FDNY Foundation by Duracell, Kidde and First Alert.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; and members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit.

WHERE:

East 161st Street between River and Gerard Avenues, the Bronx

WHEN:

Friday, November 1, 2013 1 p.m.

**PHOTO OP**

Below, please find additional locations and times for FDNY Fire Safety Education events – where they will be distributing educational materials as well as smoke alarms and batteries – taking place during the upcoming weekend.

Friday, November 1, 2013: All events will be held 4-6 p.m.

Bronx:
149th Street- Grand Concourse Station

Brooklyn:
Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Terminal at Stillwell Avenue & Mermaid Avenue
Broadway Junction Complex at Jamaica Avenue & Fulton Street
Crown Heights-Utica Avenue Station at Utica Avenue & Eastern Parkway

Manhattan:
W168th St. & Broadway Station
W125th St & Broadway Station
Union Square 14th St. & Broadway Station

Queens:    
61st Street-Woodside Station at 61st Street & Roosevelt Avenue
Jamaica Centre-Parsons /Archer Station

Staten Island:
St. George Staten Island Ferry Terminal at 1 Bay Street
                       
Saturday, November 2, 2013: All events will be held 12-4 p.m.

Bronx:            
Kmart at 1998 Bruckner Boulevard 

Brooklyn:        
Target at 139 Flatbush Avenue
 
Manhattan:   
Target at 517 East 117th Street

Queens:          
Target at 40-24 College Point Boulevard
Queens Center Mall at 90-15 Queens Boulevard

Staten Island:  
Target at 2900 Veterans Road West                           

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

 

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