Check smoke detector batteries while changing clocks for Daylight Saving Time

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ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — When you set your clocks ahead this weekend, the Fireman’s Association of New York encourages everyone to check their smoke alarms at the same time.

A new law last year required that all new smoke alarms installed in New York contain 10-year, sealed batteries. If you still have an old detector, take a moment this weekend to check and possibly replace the batteries.

Year-round smoke detector care includes:

  • Checking the batteries at least once a month using the test button;
  • Never borrow a battery from the alarm to use somewhere else;
  • Never paint your smoke detector; and
  • Have an escape plan ready with your loved ones just in case of emergency.

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