Smoke Detectors

"New York State law requires smoke detectors in all residences, both new and old".

Properly installed and maintained smoke detectors provide early warning of a fire. When there is a fire in your home, you are twice as likely to survive when you have working smoke detectors.

When your smoke detector sounds, you may only have a minute or two to escape.


Test your smoke detectors at least once a month. Push the test button or blow smoke into the detector.


Clean your detectors at least once a year. Vacuum out the dust.


Replace the battery every year. Better yet, twice a year, when you change your clocks in the spring and fall.

Replace the detector after ten years. According to NFPA, aging smoke alarms don't operate as efficiently and often are the source for nuisance alarms. Older smoke alarms are estimated to have a 30% probability of failure within the first ten years. Newer smoke alarms do better, but should be replaced after ten years.