8 Urgent Facts About

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Staten Island business bank urges everyone to replace batteries in life-saving devices


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – As Daylight Saving Time came to a close on Sunday, a variety of sources were reminding consumers about the importance of placing fresh batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, in addition to turning back the clocks.

If you haven’t done so already, do it today, urges Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), it’s important that you do so because alarms need new batteries every year to work properly.

Here are eight things you should know about alarms, fires and carbon monoxide:

1)      The National Fire Protection Association reports that three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or homes without working smoke alarms.


2)      CPSC estimates that between 2010 and 2012 there was an average of 360,400 unintentional residential fires. These fires resulted in nearly 2,200 deaths, nearly 13,000 injuries and nearly $6.5 billion in property damage each year.


3)      Batteries should be replaced in smoke alarms, unless the alarms have sealed, 10-year batteries.


4)      Where should you put your smoke alarms in your house? Smoke alarms go on every level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.


5)      Carbon monoxide alarms are also important to have in your home. Carbon monoxide is called the invisible killer. That’s because you cannot see carbon monoxide or smell it. This poisonous gas can come from a variety of sources and can quickly incapacitate and kill its victims.


6)      Each year from 2009 to 2011, there were an average of 160 reported carbon monoxide deaths involving consumer products under CPSC’s jurisdiction, including portable generators and home heating systems.


7)      Where should CO alarms be in your home? It’s different from smoke alarms. CO alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.


8)      Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and CO alarms now. Keeping your home and family safe is that easy.



About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.


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