"Nationally, three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes that either had no working smoke alarms or none at all", says State Fire Marshal Paul Merriman.
Fire Prevention Officer Mike Otis also recommends checking the expiry on the alarms.
Fulton County Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria is asking everyone to get ready to spring forward for daylight saving time. If your family doesn't have a plan, this is a good time to develop one.
New Yorkers are also encouraged to purchase ten-year smoke alarms, which are equipped with sealed in, non-removable batteries that last at least ten years.
Note that some smoke and CO alarm manufacturers recommend specific brands of batteries; if possible, avoid affordable brands.
If you don't smoke detectors in your home, contact your town office.
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Jason Keeling, American Red Cross said, "Around 39 people died in 2017 in West Virginia because their smoke alarms didn't work".
"We just pulled some out of a home not too long ago and they were 17 years old". For best protection, smoke alarms should be installed inside and outside sleeping rooms. Replace the backup battery every year.
The Firefighters Association of the State of NY, or "FASNY", is reminding residents that this week's return to Daylight Saving Time is a ideal time to check devices that could save their families' lives. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery.
NEVER borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else.
Devise a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place.
DO NOT remove the batteries from your smoke alarms to put in other appliances.