Change Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms When Moving Clocks One Hour Forward This Weekend

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 6, 2014 at 7:01 a.m.



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Change Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms When Moving Clocks One Hour

Forward This Weekend

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Do you have smoke

and carbon monoxide alarms in your home? Are they working? Sunday,

March 9, marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in the United

States. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges

consumers to take the time to replace batteries in smoke and carbon

monoxide (CO) alarms when turning clocks forward this weekend. Make

it an annual habit. This habit could save your life.

Working smoke and CO alarms, which means having fresh batteries, adds

an important layer of safety to your home. According to the National

Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of fire deaths occur in

homes without working smoke alarms. There are more than 362,000 home

fires every year and more than 2,200 people die in them, according to

CPSC's latest Residential Fire Loss Estimates report.

Batteries in battery-powered alarms need to be replaced every year. In

addition, CPSC recommends that consumers test their alarms every month

to make sure they are working. Smoke alarms should be placed on every

level of the home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.

Although more than 90 percent of U.S. homes report having at least one

working smoke alarm, only 42 percent report having a working CO alarm,

based on 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data. CO alarms can alert you and

your family to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide inside your home.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),

more than 400 people die each year in the United States from CO

poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is called the invisible killer, because you cannot see

or smell it. This poisonous gas can come from many sources, including

cars, furnaces and portable generators, and can quickly incapacitate

and kill its victims.

Put CO alarms on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas.

Like smoke alarms, CO alarms need fresh batteries every year. CO

alarms also should be tested once a month to make sure they are

working.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting

the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with

the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's

jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer

product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC

is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that

pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to

ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power

tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a

decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer

products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a

publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory

recall ordered by the Commission.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to

www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or

teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers

can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on

Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC's free e-mail newsletters.

Media Contact Please use the phone numbers below for all media

requests. Phone: (301) 504-7908 Spanish: (301) 504-7800

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