ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – As summer time ends on November 7, you should change your watches and check your smoke alarms. The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) reminds residents to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
FASNY said to check the batteries and test your alarms. Alarms with removable batteries should have their batteries replaced.
In 2019, New York led the nation in deaths by fire in the home with 126 killed. The number has since fallen, but is still high. FASNY said 77 people have died in home fires during 2021. The upcoming winter season is typically the busiest time of year for home fires.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, three out of five deaths occur from fire in homes without functioning smoke alarms or in homes that lack smoke alarms. A quarter of all smoke alarm failures are due to dead batteries.
“Every second counts in a fire. Smoke alarms provide a critical warning that can help people escape in an emergency – but only if they work properly,” said FASNY President John P. Farrell. “All smoke alarms should be tested monthly. If your smoke alarm has removable batteries, be sure to replace them twice a year to make sure they work. “
A state law came into force in 2019 that banned the sale of smoke alarms with removable batteries. New smoke alarms must be powered by a 10-year-old, sealed, non-removable battery or connected to the home. If you are not sure when you last replaced the batteries or bought a smoke alarm, FASNY encourages you to buy a new one with 10-year batteries
Smoke alarm proposal from FASNY and NFPA:
- Test alarms at least once a month using the test button
- If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months and replace the batteries every year. If a battery starts to lose its power, the device will usually beep to alert you. Do not deactivate the device.
- Vacuum or blow out any dust that may accumulate in the unit.
- Never borrow a battery from an alarm to use elsewhere.
- Never paint a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm.
- Install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home and in or near each bedroom
- Smoke alarms should not be installed near a window as drafts can interfere with their function.
More information about fire safety and prevention can be found on FASNY’s website.