ALBANY -- In conjunction with the end of daylight savings time on Saturday, New Yorkers are being reminded to prevent home fires by checking their smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.

The National Fire Protection Association estimates three of out every five home fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.

So it is important to not only have the alarms in the home, but to also ensure that they are working, according to the state Firemen's Association of New York.

Fire-prevention groups annually encourage people to check their smoke alarms around daylight savings time.
“Installing and maintaining smoke alarms in your house is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself from fires,” Kenneth Pienkowski, the group's president said in a statement.

The group said the public should purchase smoke alarms that have sealed-in, non-removable batteries which can last for at least 10 years.

With a longer shelf life, the alarms require less maintenance than older alarms and are also harder to disable.
Detectors will begin to chirp when the battery within it loses power, and in older models, many people will turn off their alarms to stop the sound, forgetting to replace the battery.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this year signed a law requiring all smoke alarms sold within New York to be equipped with the sealed-in, non-removable batteries as of Jan. 1, 2017.

Here are five smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors tips from the Firemen's Association of New York:

Tip #1

  • Test detectors at least once a month and check the batteries every six months.


Tip #2

  • Vacuum out any dust that may gather within the detector.


Tip #3

  • Install at lease one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, especially near every bedroom.


Tip #4

  • Do not install a smoke alarm near a window since drafts can hinder their operation.


Tip #5

  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family.


For more information on smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.fasny.com and www.nfpa.org.