by Kelly Platt
NEW SMOKE ALARM LAW in NY 2017: Only ten-year detectors will be sold in stores. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill late last year preventing the sale of smoke-detecting devices powered by removable, replaceable batteries beginning in 2017. The days of replacing the battery in your smoke alarm will slowly be phased out in New York. Instead, retailers will only be able to sell only smoke-detecting devices with a power source that isn’t removable and lasts at least a decade. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2017, does not require homeowners to go out and purchase new smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors with a ten year lifespan are already on the market, starting at about $20. Most are powered by lithium batteries, not a traditional 9-volt.
“Should auld acquaintance be forgot. And never brought to mind?” Why do we sing this song every year at New Year’s when the ball drops? It’s meant for us to reflect on the impact/memories we had in our lives over the past 12 months. Singing Auld Lang Syne has become a tradition for many years at New Year’s celebrations, but did you also know this song was also sung at many funerals and graduations as a farewell song to end a milestone in one’s life. If you research this traditional song, there are many different versions sung around the world. Here is one that was always sung at funerals in other countries like in Scotland and in England.
“Should Old Acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon;
The flames of love extinguished, and fully past and gone:
Is thy sweet heart now grown so cold, that loving breast of thine;
That thou canst never once reflect on old long syne.”
I would like to wish all the readers of the South Shore Press and the Center Moriches Update a very happy and healthy New Year in 2017!