CHECK YOUR SMOKE AND CO ALARMS AND CHANGE THE BATTERIES!
Fall has arrived and with the change in seasons comes a very important task- checking your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and changing batteries.
The newest New York State Code Requirements state that for new construction and additions, hard wired units are required. However, the requirements for existing construction are different. Although, a great addition to any home, any unit can be faulty. Be sure to check all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. Simply looking for the blinking light is not always enough. As with any electronic device, some options may not be working. Be sure to press the test button on all units at least once a month to ensure that the tones on the detectors and alarms are working. Better safe than sorry! On November 3, 2019 we change our clocks for "fall back", and this is as good a time as any to remember to check your batteries in any battery powered smoke or carbon monoxide alarm. Be sure to include a date on the inside cover of any unit to ensure that you know how old the batteries are and when they were replaced. A proper working unit is the safest kind of unit.