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Check smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when turning back clocks

Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 5, and when you change your clocks, don't forget to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and check if the alarms are working, the Fireman's Association of the State of New York advises.

Three of every five home-fire deaths occur in residences without working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The vast majority of smoke alarm failures are attributed to dead or missing batteries.

Fire safety officials urge residents to install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of their residence, including the basement and each sleeping area.

FASNY encourages homeowners to install 10-year smoke alarms that cannot be easily disabled. A state law effective in 2019 will require all smoke alarms sold in New York to be equipped with sealed non-removable batteries that will last at least 10 years.


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