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Change Batteries In Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Alarms When You Change Your Clocks
ANAHEIM, CA - (March 8, 2013) - Anaheim Fire & Rescue encourages residents to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend when we set our clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 10 for Daylight Saving Time.

More than 3,000 people die in home fires each year in the United States; most of whom are in homes without a working smoke alarm. In an effort to save lives, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) is sponsoring a nationwide Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign aimed at encouraging residents to practice fire safety by installing and maintaining smoke alarms and residential fire sprinklers, practicing fire escape plans and performing a home safety walk-through to remove fire hazards from the home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Smoke alarm failures usually result from missing, disconnected, or dead batteries. When both smoke alarms and fire sprinklers are present in a home, the risk of dying in a fire is reduced by 82 percent, when compared to a residence without either safety system. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, both inside and outside sleeping areas. To maintain the safety features of the alarms, residents are encouraged to replace batteries at least once each year, to test alarms monthly and to remind friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Additionally, smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is often called the “Invisible Killer” because it is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas and because of this, people may not be aware they are being poisoned. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 150 people in the United States die every year from accidental non-fire related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators. Other products include faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces. A new law, California Senate Bill 183 recently went into effect, requiring both single family homes and multi-family housing to install carbon monoxide alarms aimed at preventing CO poisoning. CO alarms should be installed on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas. Like smoke alarms, CO alarms need fresh batteries every year and should be tested once a month to make sure they are working. Combination smoke and CO alarms are also available in one unit.

For information on the Install. Inspect. Protect. Campaign visit www.usfa.dhs.gov/smokealarms.

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.

To learn more about Anaheim Fire & Rescue and other fire prevention information visit www.anaheim.net/fire.


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