Clocks move ahead one hour overnight Saturday

Posted March 11, 2018

Volunteer firefighters is reminding residents to check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure they're in working order.

Install smoke alarms: At minimum, there should be one smoke alarm on every level of the home, one in each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.

The Firemen's Association of the State of NY urges all residents to take this opportunity check their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to ensure their homes are properly protected.

With daylight saving time beginning on Sunday, people are getting ready to change their clocks and spring forward an hour. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

A new law taking effect in 2019 will require all new smoke alarms sold in the state to contain non-removable 10-year batteries.

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Join this Red Cross effort today by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.

"Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are really important safety products", Southold Fire Chief Jim Rich said this week. If they're 10 years old or older, they should be replaced immediately.

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

NEVER paint a smoke or CO alarm.

The biggest causes for an alarm to fail to function properly are missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Now, thanks to the participation of residents all across America, and the dedication of more than 6,000 Fire Departments, home fire deaths continue to be on the decline. If that alarm chirps, replace only the battery. New Yorkers will set their clocks forward one hour on March 11. So make sure to test them! A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

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Checking a smoke alarm is as simple as pushing the test button on the alarm. Replace the batteries every year. Interconnect the alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.

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

Family Emergency Plan: The National Safety Council recommends every family have an emergency plan in place in the event of a natural disaster or catastrophic event.

Courtesy of the State Fire Marshal's website.

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