GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — You may not know it, but the newest generation of smoke detectors do not need their batteries changed; you keep them for 10 years and then toss them.

AS WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, dozens of people came to the Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center on Saturday to get free smoke detectors.

“When you hear about deaths because of fire, 90 percent of the time, the smoke detectors were not working,” said museum chairman Angelo Catalano. “It’s so important to keep the batteries in there, and that’s why they made the new technology now. You just take them and throw them out after they’re done. What we’re doing to promote it is to change the clocks, to change your batteries. We’re giving out to anybody who buys a ticket to come into the museum – we’ll give them a free smoke detector.”

One resident who picked up a smoke detector lives in a basement apartment.

“It’s better safe than sorry,” she said.

The free smoke detectors are available at the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 as well. The Nassau County Firefighters Museum is located at 1 Davis Ave. in Garden City.

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