New Yorkers are also encouraged to purchase ten-year smoke alarms, which are equipped with sealed in, non-removable batteries that last at least ten years.
Keeling added, "We can prevent it and the American Red Cross is moving forward with its home fire campaign to let people know about the importance of working smoke alarms".
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for testing smoke alarms and replacing the batteries.
Changing smoke alarm batteries twice a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce fire injuries and death. "It's important to make sure that they changes these out every six months or buy the newer technology that have a 10 year span". In addition, 45 percent of smoke alarm failures during that period were due to missing or dead batteries in the device.
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"If alarms have removable batteries, those batteries should be replaced", a press release from FASNY said Friday. Replace the backup battery every year.
Use this as a reminder to push the test button on the alarm.
Check the expiration dates of your emergency supplies during Daylight Saving Time, too.
Remember, even alarms that are hard-wired into your home electrical system need to have their battery back-ups maintained in case of electrical power outage. Take care of the alarm according to its instruct ions. Share and practice the plan with all who live in the home, including children. "Alarms equipped with sealed-in batteries should be tested to ensure they are in proper working condition".