Hi Friends, it’s Hot Dog here. This weekend we are changing our clocks and with that we want to remind you to tell your friends and family to change your batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Did you know that a working smoke alarm cuts your chances of dying in a fire nearly in half? Just in 2015 about 80 percent of fire deaths that occurred happened in private homes or apartments with no working smoke alarms.
Your home should also have a carbon monoxide alarm too. Carbon monoxide is something you won’t be able to see, but it’s very dangerous! A carbon monoxide detector will sound when there are dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in your home. To read up on the importance of alarms, click here.
As we learned during Fire Prevention Week, alarms with removable batteries should be replaced with ones that contain sealed 10 year batteries as soon as possible. You can read more about that here.
If you have an alarm that does not have a 10 year sealed battery , don’t forget to change them at least twice a year. The FDNY reminds New Yorkers to do this when we change our clocks in November and March.
To help with this goal the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Unit will be out in the five boroughs to hand out educational literature and batteries. To find a date and location near you, click here .
You can also watch our PSA here.
It’s up to you to make sure your smoke alarm will provide a lifesaving early warning! Working smoke alarms are the first line of defense in keeping you, your family, neighbors, and even your furry friends safe! If you don’t have any smoke alarms present in your home, install one today and join me in staying #FDNYSmart!