FDNY to hand out batteries for smoke, CO detectors

NEW YORK (WABC) -- The FDNY is reminding all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when they change their clocks for the end of Daylight Saving Time.

Throughout the weekend, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to interact with the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit and to learn potentially life-saving lessons in fire safety.

"A working smoke detector is vital to escaping and surviving a fire," said Commissioner Nigro. "Every year, in the vast majority of fire-related deaths in New York City there is no working smoke detector present, this simple device gives New Yorkers the critical moments needed to escape their homes in the event of a fire."

As part of this semi-annual outreach effort, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Team are distributing 30,000 batteries, along with electronic candles and fire safety literature in multiple languages, at 27 transportation hubs and shopping centers throughout the five boroughs. The batteries were generously donated to the FDNY Foundation by Duracell.

Below, please find the locations and times for FDNY Fire Safety Education events, where they will be distributing educational materials as well as smoke alarms and batteries, taking place during this weekend.

Saturday, March 7, 2015: All events will be held 12-4 p.m.

Kmart at 1998 Bruckner Boulevard
Target at 40 West 225th Street

Target at 139 Flatbush Avenue

Target at 517 East 117th Street

Target at 40-24 College Point Boulevard
Queens Center Mall at JC Penney Wing Level I 90-15 Queens Boulevard

Staten Island
Target at 2900 Veterans Road West

Sunday, March 8, 2015: All events will be held 12-4 p.m.

Lee Avenue at Williamsburg Street East
13th Avenue at 53rd Street
Avenue L. at Coney Island Avenue
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