ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – As daylight savings time approaches, fire experts are reminding homeowners to check the batteries in their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide units.
The Firemen’s Association urges residents to become familiar with both smoke and CO detectors as well as know how to properly change the batteries.
Homeowners should check their units and clean out any debris along with regular testing of all alarms. New legislation is being supported by FASNY what would require all smoke alarms sold in New York be equipped with batteries lasting ten years.
“Permanent batteries – they’re designed to last for ten years,” FASNY Corporate Secretary John D’Alessandro said. “They’re designed to last for ten years, and that is in direct response to people not checking the batteries and not checking the expiration of the units themselves.”