Friday, 30 October 2009 00:00
As the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches, the Syosset Fire Department urges residents to replace the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout their homes, and to test those detectors to make sure that they are functioning properly. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 a.m., and it is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors, says Syosset FD.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
“We urge residents to make it a habit; change your batteries, and test and clean your smoke detectors,” said Fire Safety Officer Ken Johnson. “Making these safety checks twice a year could save the lives of you and your loved ones.”
“It is also important for homeowners to dust or vacuum their smoke detectors to keep them free of debris, so they can work properly, “said Chief John Capobianco. “A working smoke alarm will detect smoke early and an alarm will sound, giving you time to escape the fire.”
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Safety Tips:
• Test smoke alarms/detectors at least once a month by using the alarm’s “test button.” Do not use an open flame.
• Clean the units by vacuuming or dusting in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Install new batteries in all smoke alarms/detectors twice a year, when you change your clocks in the fall and spring, or when the alarm chirps warning you that the battery is dying.
• Keep batteries in smoke alarms/
detectors; do not borrow them for other purposes. Nuisance activations can be addressed by moving a smoke alarm/
detector farther away from kitchen smoke or bathroom steam and by more frequent cleaning. If the problem persists, replace the unit.
• Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home (including the basement) and in or near each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, NFPA recommends installing smoke alarms/detectors inside the room. In new homes, smoke alarms/ detectors are required in all sleeping rooms, per the National Fire Alarm Code.
• Don’t paint smoke alarm/detectors.
For additional fire safety information, contact Ken Johnson at the Fire Prevention Office at 516-677-4509 or visit www.syossetfd.org.