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Time to Change Your Alarm Batteries

10/31/2014 04:54PM ● By Hood Magazine

Photo courtesy of Kidde

By Sanford Health - Sioux Falls, SD

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. November 2, 2014. When changing your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, remember to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. It's recommended that you change your batteries the same time every year. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) also recommends that consumers test their alarms every month to make sure they are working. 

  • About two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that don't work. 
  • Fire departments responded to more than 366,700 residential fires nationwide that resulted in more than 2,300 deaths, more than 12,500 injuries, and $7.09 billion in property losses annually, on average, from 2008 through 2010.  
  • Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside each bedroom. 
  • CO alarms are equally important and should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas. CO alarms should not be installed in attics or basements unless they include a sleeping area. 
  • Combination smoke and CO alarms are available. 

Fresh batteries in alarms are essential to keeping your alarm working and on guard to protect you and your loved ones. 

 For more information contact: parentingesource@sanfordhealth.org