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Protect Your Home This Fall
When it comes to the safety of your family, one of the easiest things to do it make sure you have functioning smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. This time of year we are reminded to change batteries in our alarms when clocks are changed for daylight savings time.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that 3 out of 5 deaths that occur from in home fires are due to non-working or lack of smoke detectors. In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and receive fresh batteries every 6 months. Smoke alarms that were manufactured over 10 years ago should also be replaced. Remove the smoke detector from the wall and the manufacture date can be found on the back of the unit. Even if your alarms are hard wired into the electrical system of the home, it should still be replaced if more than 10 years old.
Although the popularity of Carbon Monoxide Detectors has grown over the past few years, it is still an item in need in many homes. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is emitted from fuels in the home that are not burning off completely. CO detectors will sound an alarm when the level of CO in the home becomes dangerous. If a detector sounds, check for low batteries, if the batteries are not low and the alarm continue to sound, move your family outdoors and call the fire department. In recent years, fire departments across the country reported over 80,100 cases of CO in homes. Similar to smoke alarms, CO detectors should be tested once a month.
Both smoke alarms and CO detectors should be placed in central locations of the home as well as outside rooms were family members sleep. November 5th is Daylight Savings Time. Mark your calenders to change your clocks and change your batteries. For more information on smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors visit the National Fire Protection Association.
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