Tonawanda News

March 9, 2013

State fire association urges updates

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is urging residents to use daylight savings time to change batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Jim Burns, the FASNY president, said the process should be conducted at least once each year to avoid the dangers associated with fires. The time change will move ahead one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, which Burns said was the perfect time to maintain the life-saving devices. 

“It is critical that all homeowners change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors this weekend,” he said. “Smoke detectors are the first line of defense against the deadly effects of fire.”

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, every year, approximately 2,600 Americans die in home fires. More than half of these deaths occur between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., when residents are typically sleeping. The risk of dying from a fire in a home without working smoke alarms is twice as high as in a home with working smoke alarms.

“Install one on every floor of your home, including the basement, and in or near sleeping areas,” Burns said. “Make sure the detectors are installed on ceilings or high up on walls; and do not install them near windows or other ventilation sources, where drafts may prevent them from working properly.”