The Sassoon family tragedy has evoked an outpouring of inquiries into fire-safety tips, Councilman David Greenfield said on Tuesday. Consulting with the Fire Department of New York, his office is distributing 12 fire-prevention tips.
Chief among the measures is to have a working smoke detector on each floor and within 15 feet of any sleeping area. According to the FDNY, 75 percent of deaths in New York City fires occur in homes with no working smoke detectors.
The batteries should be changed twice a year. It is recommended to change them when the clock is changed. FDNY data suggests that 33 percent of all homes have smoke detectors that don’t work. All smoke detectors must be replaced every 10 years.
There are two types of smoke alarms: photo-electric and ionization. Have both. Ionization sensors are better at detecting fires with very little smoke. Photo-electric sensors are better for fires with heavy smoke.
Several local outlets have said this week that they will distribute free smoke detectors in memory of the seven Sassoon children, according to a press release by Assemblyman Dov Hikind.
The Buzz, an electronics store with locations in Boro Park and Midwood, and The Home Depot will give away the devices for free.
Residents can come in during regular store hours to The Buzz — at 1314 50th Street in Boro Park and at 1402 Coney Island Avenue in Midwood — beginning Wednesday for one unit per household, while supplies last.
The Home Depot announced on Monday that they will be distributing free state-of-the-art smoke detectors to members of the community.
“It is an honor for The Home Depot to help make a difference,” said Steven Elkin, The Home Depot pro manager for the New York metro area.
“We’re delighted to help the community,” added Ronald Oddo, The Home Depot district manager for the New York metro area.
Additional safety tips:
Homes should have a carbon monoxide detector for the “silent killer.” This gas is colorless, odorless, tasteless and very dangerous.
Families should develop and practice a fire escape plan. Know two ways out of your home and a meeting place outside to know everyone is out safely.
Stay in the kitchen when cooking. Never leave an open-flame/cooking surface unattended. Create a child-free zone of three feet around the oven.
Ask a Rav if you may use a timer on your electric hot plate so that it’s on only during meals. Only use heavy-duty grounded timers.
And finally, don’t try fighting a fire. Get out of the house immediately and stay out. Then call 911.