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March 8, 2014

When life hands you ice, grab skates


Cahill is at home in Airmont in Rockland County, awaiting word from Peace Corps Ukraine about when volunteers may return after a recent evacuation.

“I am taking this time to catch up with my very supportive family, friends and girlfriend, fellow Hartwick ‘12 graduate Staci Daddio,” Cahill said.


Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks are set ahead one hour.

Firefighters also take the seasonal change as an opportunity to issue a reminder about changing batteries in smoke detectors, and more recently, also in carbon monoxide detectors. Families should develop and practice a home fire-escape plan.

The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York offered the following tips for maintaining fire and CO detectors:

• Test detectors at least once a month by using the test button.

• Check the batteries every six months, and change the batteries every year.

• Vacuum or blow out any dust that might accumulate in the unit.

• Never borrow a battery from a detector to use elsewhere.  

• Never paint a smoke or CO detector.

• Install at least one smoke alarm on every floor of your home, including the basement, and in, or near each sleeping area. 

Robert Chiappisi, Oneonta city code enforcement officer, earlier this year offered this quiz:

For an existing two-story, single-family home with three bedrooms and a basement that has an electric stove, an oil furnace and electric water heater, how many smoke detectors should there be? How many CO detectors should there be? And if a CO detector is required, where should it be?

Answer: Six smoke detectors and one CO detector.

Chiappisi said one smoke detector would go in each bedroom, one in the area hallway outside each bedroom, one on the first floor and one in the basement for a total of six detectors.

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