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Safety Tips for Daylight Saving Time

This weekend marks Daylight Saving Time. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding everyone of the simple life-saving habit of changing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The firs tip is to change the batteries when changing clocks. Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday March 11 when clocks are set ahead one hour. It’s also the perfect opportunity for everyone to try to make a difference in reducing the more than 360,000 fires in homes each year. There are roughly 2,200 deaths and 11,000 ER related injuries each year. Proper installation, operation, and maintenance of smoke alarms reduce the risk of property damage, injuries, and death.

Smoke alarms with sealed-in batteries can last 10 years. In addition, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should also be checked this weekend. Carbon monoxide is the invisible killer—it’s a colorless, odorless gas and it can kill within minutes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 42 percent of households report having a working carbon monoxide alarm. Changing the batteries in your smoke and CO alarms is the easiest way to ensure protection of your loved ones and your home in the event of a fire.

CPSC recommends that smoke alarms be placed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms.Install both photoelectric and ionization smoke alarms. Check out CPSC’s Good, Better, Best approach to fire safety in the home.

Carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside each sleeping ares. Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms once a month to make sure they’re working.

Other tips include having a fire-escape plan and practicing it with children and the elderly. N.

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