As we "fall back," be sure your home is protected against fire and CO
Submitted by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York
It's that time of the year again: On Nov. 1, daylight saving time comes to an end and we "fall back" one hour.
It's the perfect time to make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in proper working condition. The Firemen's Association of the State of New York urges all New Yorkers to make sure their homes are protected.
Smoke and CO alarms should be cleaned to remove any debris that could impede their function. Older alarms that have removable batteries should receive a fresh set. Many newer smoke alarms feature longer lasting, sealed-in 10-year batteries. These alarms should still be tested and inspected regularly, but require far less maintenance than those with removable batteries, making a homeowner's life both easier and safer.
"If working properly, smoke alarms can be the difference between life and death," FASNY President Robert McConville said. "Often, firefighters respond to devastating fatal fires that could have been prevented if the home was equipped with working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms are, quite frankly, the most important appliance in your home. Not only can they help to save your life and home, but also the lives of firefighters who are tasked with protecting the public."
While many homes and businesses are equipped with smoke alarms, the simple truth is that many of these alarms are nonfunctioning. Firefighters frequently encounter smoke alarms that have been disabled or fallen into disrepair due to a lack of maintenance. FASNY is supporting state legislation that would require all battery-powered smoke alarms sold in New York to come equipped with non-removable, sealed-in batteries capable of powering the device for at least 10 years.
The National Fire Protection Association states three of every five home fire deaths happen in a home with no smoke alarms or nonworking smoke alarms. The 10-year smoke alarm bill directly addresses this critical problem. This legislation has passed both the State Senate and Assembly, and awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo's action.
FASNY offers the following smoke and CO alarm tips:
Founded in 1872, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York represents the interests of the more than 92,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel in New York. For more information, visit www.fasny.com.