Check smoke, carbon monoxide alarm batteries when clocks go back on Sunday

by Cara Murez

Heilsudag reporter

THURSDAY Nov. 3, 2022 (HealthDay News) — As you set the clock back on Sunday, do some simple home safety checks that could save your life.

Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to make sure they are working. This is also a good time to change the batteries.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends replacing batteries once a year unless devices have sealed 10-year batteries. The smoke detector itself should be replaced every 10 years.

The CPSC recommends installing smoke detectors on all levels of the home, inside each bedroom and outside bedrooms. Carbon monoxide alarms should also be installed on each level of the home, placed outside sleeping areas.

Working smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are always important, but even more so in this season of burning fuel for heat and spending more time at home, the commission stressed.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can come from home heating systems, portable generators, and other CO-producing appliances. CO is invisible and odorless, and CO poisoning claims more than 400 lives in the United States each year. Most of these deaths occur between November and February.

There were an estimated 347,000 residential fires across the United States in 2019, according to the CPSC. These fires resulted in approximately 2,490 deaths, 11,760 injuries, and $7.38 billion in property damage.

CPSC recommends creating a fire exit plan that includes two exits from each room and a clear exit from each exit. Once you escape, don’t go back to the house.

Keep bedroom doors closed to slow the spread of a potential fire, the CPSC says.

Between 1980 and 2019, there was a 67% decline in residential fires per household; A 66% reduction in home fire deaths and a 60% reduction in home fire accidents, according to the CPSC.

More information

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more on carbon monoxide poisoning.

Source: US Consumer Safety Commission, News Release, Nov. 1, 2022

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