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Photo Courtesy of State Senator Simcha Felder's Office
Photo Courtesy of State Senator Simcha Felder's Office
FDNY personnel handing out batteries for detectors.

To Do List for Sunday:

  • Change the clock back one hour
  • Change the batteries in the carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.

The reminder that winter is just around the corner occurs every year when Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. But Daylight Savings is also a reminder for people to check and replace the batteries in their home’s carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.

“[It’s] an essential time to periodically check your equipment,” Ken Daly, president of National Grid in New York, said in a press release, “and to take proper safety precautions to make sure you and your family are safe.”

Moreover, National Grid recommends replacing batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year with the exception of 10-year batteries.

“Some detectors save lives every day, but they are useless without batteries,” Allstate New York spokesperson Jaclyn Darrohn said in a press release.

Since carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas, homeowners have to rely on the alarms to detect it. It can be deadly if left untreated.

Thus, Senator Simcha Felder is joining the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Unit in distributing free alarm batteries throughout the five boroughs.

Brooklyn locations for the batteries are as follows:

November 4, (4 – 6 p.m.), locations are:

Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Terminal at Stillwell Avenue & Mermaid Avenue

Broadway Junction Complex at Jamaica Avenue & Fulton Street

Crown Heights-Utica Avenue Station at Utica Avenue & Eastern Parkway

November 5, (12 – 4 p.m.), location is:

Target, located at, 139 Flatbush Ave.

In addition, the unit will be teaching New Yorkers life-saving lessons in fire safety. There will also be fire safety literature in multiple languages at those locations.

“The message cannot be any clearer,” Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro said. “Working smoke alarms save lives.”


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