FDNY urges New Yorkers to have working smoke and co alarms
After a fatal fire and two carbon monoxide incidents with fatalities and serious injuries in three days, the FDNY strongly urges all New Yorkers to have working smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in their homes.
On Sat., Jan. 14, at 90-08 101 Ave., Queens, a CO incident took the lives of a 66-year-old and a 29-year-old male. No working CO detectors were present in the home.
On Sun., Jan. 15, at 1066 Decatur St., Brooklyn, a three-alarm fire took the life of a nine-year-old boy, critically injured one adult male and seriously injured six additional residents. No working smoke detectors were present in the apartment. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by FDNY fire marshals.
On Mon., Jan. 16, at 2363 Valentine Ave., the Bronx, a CO incident resulted in 12 victims transported to local hospitals, two of them in serious condition. No working CO detectors were present in the apartment.
If a smoke or carbon monoxide detector is activated, evacuate your home immediately and call 911. To report problems with heat or boilers, which could potentially lead to a carbon monoxide incident, New Yorkers should call 311.
Learn more about fire safety, including specific safety information about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.