You’ll want to go that extra step this weekend when you check your carbon monoxide and smoke alarms for daylight saving time.
Instead of just checking the battery, the New York’s Fireman’s Association or FASNY is urging homeowners to replace their entire smoke alarm unit.
While it’s not necessary for carbon monoxide detectors, as of April 1, smoke alarms sold in stores across the state will come with a 10-year guarantee.
“It is a $20 item and what is, what are the lives of your family worth? Is it worth 20 dollars? I think it is,” said Nedrow Second Assistant Chief Rick Nemier.
Nemier said while checking bi-annually for older models is a good start, these newer units would eliminate the need and possibility of forgetting.
“That’s what happened to the people up in Watertown,” said Nemier, referencing the Feb. 14 fire on Myrtle Avenue, that claimed the lives of five members of the Bodah family. Hailey Bodah, 13, was the only survivor.
“That’s why they lost their lives. It’s because they took the batteries out of the smoke detector,” said Nemier.
Neimer suggested having a smoke alarm on every level of a home and carbon monoxide detectors at least on the floor housing major appliances like your furnace, washing machine, and dryer. Age can also play a role and mean it’s time for a switch.
“If you see there is yellowing or a fading of the paint or the color of the smoke detector. Dirt and dust can accumulate in the detector and cause it not to work. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your smoke detector it’s time to change it,” said Nemier.