New Law in NY Requires Upgraded Smoke Detectors New Law in NY Upgraded Smoke Detectors

A new New York law states that all buildings must have upgraded smoke detectors. These smoke detectors last for 10 years and are sealed and have non-removable batteries.  The Syracuse Fire Department Deputy Chief Elton Davis said these new smoke detectors could help firefighters arrive to fire scenes earlier on time and save lives.

“I make an analogy of smoke detectors with seat belts, years ago nobody used seat belts, and now is human nature to get into a car and buckle up,” Davis said.

The law will start on April 1st, 2019 and all businesses are required to sell the smoke detectors that last 10 years, non-removable battery or hardwired detectors. Captain Charles Sanborn believes these smoke detectors could help reduce injuries from the smoke. “Most of the time is the actual smoke that puts people in risk rather than the fire,” he said.

The smoke detectors cost between 15-20 dollars and people who can not afford them are able to contact the Fire Department and they will install them for free.


Reported by
Broadcast and Digital Journalism Senior Doménica Orellana

Domenica Paola Orellana Gallardo

Doménica Orellana is a Broadcast and Digital Journalism senior student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During her four years at SU, she's taken advantage of multiple opportunities to get journalism experience in TV, radio, and print. She's been an anchor for three years at Citrus TV Noticias, a Spanish newscast entirely run by students, been a radio co-host, and written for the nationally-recognized college newspaper, The Daily Orange. She has previously interned at CNNE, News Channel 9, El Universo (ecuadorian newspaper) and Ecuavisa's investigative show, Vision 360.

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