Fire Department Urges Folks to Check Smoke Detectors

Volunteers are needed to install smoke alarms during a March 24 event on the Island

In between the times you change your batteries, Chief Drouard says you also want to test your alarm to make sure it still works. Of those fires, 89 of the homes did not have a working smoke alarm.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11.

At the same time, Barritt says it's a good idea to be familiar with your home and plan a safe escape, with two ways out.

Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. The smoke and toxic gases generated by a fire can cause people to sleep more deeply, narrowing the chances of surviving a fire.

Test smoke alarms once a month.




"Working smoke alarms can provide those critical extra seconds you and your family need to get out of your home safely", the State Fire Marshal's Office said in a release. For best protection, smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside sleeping rooms.

"Check the expiration date and it has to be less than 10-years-old", says Otis.

The Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding residents to test the devices during the start and end of Daylight Saving Time every year. If the alarm chirps, a warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.

NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else. If someone doesn't have smoke alarms, install them.

For smoke alarms with any other type of battery, replace batteries at least once a year.

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