(WBNG) -- The Fireman's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is reminding New Yorkers to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as Daylight Saving Time begins on Nov. 1.
A quarter of all smoke alarm failures are due to dead batteries, FASNY says.
According to the United States Fire Administration, 90 people were killed in house fires in 2020, which is just under the number of fire-related deaths that occurred in Pennsylvania, which saw 107.
However, FASNY says New York led the nation in fire-related deaths in 2019.
The association says three of five fire-related deaths are in homes without smoke alarms.
Here are smoke alarm tips provided by FASNY:
- Test alarms at least once a month by using the test button
- If you have an alarm with a removable battery, be sure to check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year. If a battery is starting to lose its power, the unit will usually chirp to warn you. Do not disable the unit
- Vacuum or blow out any dust that might accumulate in the unit
- Never borrow a battery from an alarm to use somewhere else
- Never paint a smoke or CO alarm
- Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement and in (or near) each sleeping area
- Smoke alarms should not be installed near a window because drafts could interfere with their operation
- Families should also develop and practice a home fire escape plan