Spring officially arrives next week! This Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time begins. It’s time to spring forward and turn your clocks ahead one hour. It’s also a great time to spring into action and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Check your battery as we switch to Daylight Savings
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CPSC estimates more than 300,000 residential fires each year, leading to 2,100 deaths, 12,000 injuries, and $6 billion in property loss. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or where the smoke alarms are not working.
Here’s how you can spring into action:
- CPSC recommends that smoke alarms be placed on every level of your home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.
- Install both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms. Check out CPSC’s Good, Better, Best approach (pdf) to fire safety in your home.
- Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month to make sure they are working.
- Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
- A smoke alarm can’t save lives if everyone doesn’t know what to do when it sounds. Have two ways to get out of each room and set a pre-arranged meeting place outside.
- Children and the elderly can sleep through the sound of a smoke alarm or not hear it go off, so a caregiver needs to be prepared to help others get out of the house.
- And remember, once you are out of the house, stay out.
Consumer Product Safety Commission
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It’s a fact: only working fire and CO alarms can save lives. So change those batteries, check those alarms each month and save a loved one’s life.