FDNY Urges New Yorkers to Change Their Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When Changing Their Clocks This Weekend

March 8, 2019 — Smoke Alarms Should be Installed on Every Level of Your Home and Anywhere People Sleep

Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is urging all New Yorkers to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when changing their clocks for the start of Daylight Saving Time on March 10th. New Yorkers without a smoke alarm are urged to get a 10-year sealed battery combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarm for every level of their home.

“A working smoke alarm is critical to surviving a fire in your home,” said Commissioner Nigro. “I implore every New Yorker to test their smoke alarms this weekend when they change their clocks, and if you do not have one, install one immediately where you sleep and on every level of your home.”

In 2018, FDNY Fire Safety Education teams held more than 9,100 safety presentations citywide, with a third of those presentations taking place in schools. Also in 2018, with the help of New York City Council members, the Department distributed more than 60,000 smoke alarm batteries at these events. Working with the American Red Cross in 2018, FDNY distributed 15,000 smoke alarms and installed another 18,000; including 6,000 home visits where residents received working smoke alarms and learned about fire safety.

For more fire and life safety information, visit www.FDNYSmart.org

This week, FDNY has held events in all 5 boroughs, distributing smoke alarm batteries and fire safety education literature.

Below, please find the locations and times for FDNY Fire Safety Education events on Friday, March 8. All events are from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at each location.


*149th Street at Grand Concourse Station
*Hugh J. Grant Circle and Metropolitan Avenue at Parkchester Station


*Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Terminal at Stillwell Avenue and Mermaid Avenue
*Broadway Junction Complex at Jamaica Avenue and Fulton Street
*Crown Heights-Utica Avenue Station at Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway


*West 125th Street and Broadway Station
*West 168th Street and Broadway Station
*Union Square Station at 14th Street and Broadway


*61St Street-Woodside Station at 61St Street and Roosevelt Avenue
*Jamaica Centre-Parsons/Archer Station