Don't Forget—Change the Batteries in Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors This Weekend!

The beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time in the spring and fall is a great time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Don't Forget—Change the Batteries in Smoke Alarms and CO Detectors This Weekend!
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March 8, 2018

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is encouraging consumers to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors this weekend in conjunction with the beginning of Daylight Saving Time.

More Than 2,300 deaths and 12,500 injuries

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), about two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that don't work. Fire departments in the U.S. responded to more than 366,700 residential fires nationwide that resulted in more than 2,300 deaths, more than 12,500 injuries, and approxmiately $7.09 billion in property damage and losses annually from 2008 through 2010.

Replace Batteries At Least Once a Year

CPSC recommends that consumers test their alarms once a month and place smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. Batteries should be replaced in smoke alarms AT LEAST once a year (unless the alarms are equipped with sealed, 10-year batteries). The beginning and end of Daylight Saving Time in the spring and fall is a great time to do this each year!

Carbon monoxide (CO) detectors are also important to have in your home. Carbon monoxide is called the invisible killer. That's because you cannot see carbon monoxide or smell it. This poisonous gas can come from a variety of sources and can quickly incapacitate and kill its victims.

CO detectors on every level of the home

CPSC says that each year between 2009 to 2011, there were an average of 160 reported carbon monoxide deaths involving consumer products under CPSC's jurisdiction, including portable generators and home heating systems. CO detectors should be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 2:00 am. Be sure to move your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night!