When you moved your clocks forward recently, did you also change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors? Fresh batteries will allow your alarms to work properly and alert your family to a possible fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires between 2006 and 2008. Those fires resulted in nearly 2,400 deaths. Approximately two-thirds of fire deaths happen in homes where there are no smoke alarms, or smoke detectors that do not work. Changing batteries twice a year will increase the chances of your family escaping a fire. The CPSC recommends smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
The CPSC estimates that between 2006 and 2008, there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire carbon monoxide (also known as CO) poisoning deaths. Carbon monoxide is called the “invisible killer” because it is an odorless, colorless poisonous gas. Carbon monoxide can be produced by furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.
If you didn’t change the batteries in your smoke or carbon monoxide detector, do it today.