October is National Fire Prevention Month and as part of that commemoration, State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) offers safety tips.
"Protecting our loved ones is the responsibility of every parent, neighbor and citizen," Senator Farley said. "That's why it is important to stay informed on fire safety and to take steps to protect yourself and your families."
Senator Farley said it is important that everyone in your family knows to call 911 from a safe location to report a fire or other emergency. Have your children practice what they would say on the phone in case of a real emergency.
Senator Farley also encourages people to practice fire drills at least twice a year. The Senator suggests holding family drills at night with all the lights out and doors closed.
Senator Farley also recommends changing the batteries in smoke detectors twice a year. Many people try to do it when they change clocks for Daylight Savings Time, he said. This fall, the clock gets moved back on Nov. 4th. Additional fire safety information can be found at http://www.dhses.ny.gov/ofpc/publications/index.cfm