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Do you keep up with inspecting and replacing batteries in your smoke detectors?  The Firemen's Association of the State of New York recommends that twice a year, when we change the clocks (Fall, Spring), residents should inspect all their smoke alarms, along with carbon monoxide detectors. In addition, considering that these devices can be the difference between life and death, the FASNY also says smoke and carbon monoxide alarms should be tested once a month, those with removable batteries should have the batteries checked every six months, and replaced once a year.  Don't forget to remove dust from these devices as well, and never paint them so they can perform their important job properly. If possible, install sealed-in smoke alarms with non-removable batteries.

FASNY reports that so far in 2021, 78 civilians in New York State have died in fires and that's not counting the high-risk heating season ahead of us.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or non-working smoke alarms. Though many homeowners and businesses do in fact have smoke alarms, these units are often not functioning due to a lack of proper maintenance.

To get more information on maintaining smoke detectors, click here.

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