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Daylight Savings Means Time to Change Smoke & CO Alarm Batteries

It’s that time again . . . time to move the clocks forward! Daylight Savings Time is Sunday March 11 which means that it’s also time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

Fire Kills: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008. Two-thirds of the fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

CO Kills: CPSC also estimates that there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is odorless and colorless. The only way to detect it is by using an alarm.

Take a few minutes today to keep your family safe for the next six months.

If you’re looking for more information about smoke alarms and CO alarms, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is a great place to start. If you’re wondering how to place alarms in your home, the Santa Clara County Fire Department has helpful diagrams and explanations.

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