The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urge you to check your alarms this weekend.
This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your alarms. Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms do an important job of giving you and your family time to escape a fire or CO poisoning incident, but only if they have batteries that are working. CPSC recommends replacing batteries in alarms once every year.
Why is this so important? Because about 2,200 people die in home fires on average and there are about 400 CO poisoning deaths each year.
Many of those who died did not have working smoke or CO alarms in their homes. Don’t let this happen to you.
The air is cooler, the leaves are changing, the daylight hours are getting shorter and some of us are about to get an extra hour of sleep! Yes, it’s that time of year again. Sunday November 5, at 2 a.m. marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. That’s when consumers will turn their clocks back one hour, hopefully with some TLC. What does that mean? Glad you asked.
T– Test your alarms. Test smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms every month to make sure they are working.
L– Look at your alarms. Ensure nothing is covering or obstructing the alarm. Some have a green light indicator that flashes every minute. A red indicator may indicate a problem or issue with the battery or connection.
C– Check and change. Check to see if yours has been recalled. If it has, take action today. Remember to change the batteries in smoke and CO alarms every year.
A little TLC can go a long way in reducing the more than 360,000 home fires each year. Did you know 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 fires in the home.
While smoke and fire are visible dangers, carbon monoxide is the invisible killer. CO is a colorless, odorless gas and can kill within minutes. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, just 42 percent of households report having a working carbon monoxide alarm. These alarms are lifesavers. They can alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide inside your home before it reaches life-threatening levels. Appliances fueled with natural gas, liquefied petroleum (LP gas), oil, kerosene, coal, or wood may produce CO. Burning charcoal also produces CO.
Prevention is key! Protect your family by installing smoke alarms on every floor, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. CO alarms should be installed on every floor and outside sleeping areas.
Protect your family. Fall back with some TLC!