FDNY is kicking off Fire Prevention Week with two days of FREE Open House events, including giving away 15,000 FREE smoke alarms to NYC residents.
Join NYC’s Bravest this weekend at a firehouse or EMS station near you.
Open House events are 11am to 1pm or 1 pm to 3pm, depending on location.
If you don’t know where your nearest NYPD firehouse is, click here for a citywide map with locations.
A working fire alarm is the most important life-saving device in your home or apartment, which is why NYC law requires you have one.
Batteries should be changed twice a year, unless you have one of the new long-lasting alarms.
Change batteries when you change the clock each fall and each spring.
The Red Cross also provides FREE smoke alarms under its Sound the Alarm. Save a Life program
Fire remains the major cause of death in the home.
Young children and older adults are most often the victims and most fatalities occur in the middle of the night, according to Lt. Frank Minetta of the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Team.
Overloaded outlets are a common culprit.
Add malfunctioning electric heaters and curtains or other fabrics too close to those heaters, in cold winter months.
More than one-third of fires occur during the months of December, January and February.
The FDNY also reports that candle fires have tripled in the last decade, with half of victims killed by candle fires younger than twenty, most of them children between the ages of five and nine.
Since April 2014, NYC has required both smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in all private homes and apartments.
The alarms must have a sealed 10-year battery that is non-removable and non-replaceable. It must also have an audible “end of life warning,” usually a beep or chirp that you can’t shut off until the battery is replaced.
The FDNY also recommends more than one alarm per home or multi-bedroom apartment.
Alarms should be centered on the ceiling within 15 feet of all sleeping places and on every level, including the basement.
Lt. Minetta says an operable smoke alarm can cut your chance of perishing in a fire by almost 50 percent.