Spring forward ... and change those smoke alarm batteries

Daylight Saving Time an Opportunity to Check on Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

"Smoke alarm technology has advanced and many now come with 10-year batteries and some are tamper-resistant", said State Fire Marshal Jim Walker.

Smoke alarms should be placed inside and outside each bedroom or sleeping area; half of home fire deaths occur during sleeping hours and the early morning. Replace the entire smoke alarm every 10 years.

Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms too, the Oakville Fire Department is reminding residents.

Smoke detectors are getting "more efficient" as well, says Yancey.

But that's not all, you should also check the manufacture date on the back.

Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms do save lives.

Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.

Smoking is the leading cause of fire-related deaths, and cooking is the primary cause of residential fires, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We strongly encourage New Yorkers to install 10-year smoke alarms, which can not be easily deactivated.

At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, it will become 3:00 a.m., because it's time to spring forward.

"It's important for everyone to make sure their household is ready", said Regional Director of Communications of the Alabama Red Cross Alicia Anger.

If alarms have removeable batteries, those batteries should be replaced.

"Smoke alarms are the single most importance appliance found in every home", said Ken Pienkowski, FASNY president in a statement. Test smoke alarms once a month.

In case of fire, call 9-1-1 once you are safely outside your home.

Plan and practice two escape routes out of every room in your house.

ALBANY (AP) - More than $8 million in federal funding is available for emergency response teams across NY state.

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