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You Sprung Ahead, but Did You Check Your Smoke Alarms? (video)

So, you “sprung ahead” on Sunday, but did you forget another important chore? If you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) urges you to use the time change as a reminder to change the batteries in your alarms.

More than 2,300 people die in the 366,000 home fires each year in the U.S. The National Fire Protection Association reports that two-thirds of those deaths occur in homes that do not have a working smoke detector. When smoke alarms fail, it is usually due to missing, disconnected, or dead batteries.

The CPSC also recommends testing alarms once a month to make sure they work properly. It’s just a matter of pushing the test button. You should have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside all sleeping areas. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

More than 500 people die each year from non-fire related carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide alarms can alert you to dangerous levels of this invisible, odorless gas. Like smoke detectors, they should be tested once a month and batteries should be replaced every year.

Daylight savings time is battery replacement time — if you neglected to change your alarm batteries, now would be a good time. If you know someone who is elderly or physically unable to reach their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, how about lending a hand?

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11:43AM PST on Nov 30, 2013


10:23AM PDT on Oct 30, 2013

No. Our daylight savings time change will occur on Sunday, November 3, and that's the weekend we change the batteries for the smoke and CO alarms.

12:19PM PDT on Aug 5, 2013


12:37PM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

Yes, we did :) Thanks for sharing.

9:12PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Thank you!

9:12PM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

Thank you!

7:14AM PDT on May 24, 2013


3:28PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks for the reminder!

3:50AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

You must hate the detectors with a 10 year battery.

10:59PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013


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