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Change Your Clocks – Change Smoke/CO Alarm Batteries

Good morning  – hard to believe, but daylight savings time starts this weekend, and it’s time to change your clocks (yes – forward)! And once again, our Fire Department is urging residents to use this opportunity to also check/change the batteries in your smoke / CO (carbon monoxide) alarm. That’s right, a CO alarm is now required in most households, by state law, and it’s a great idea.

The   Redwood City Fire Department urges community members to replace the  batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend  for Daylight Saving Time. This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on  Sunday, March 10. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly   carbon monoxide in their homes.

 

Nationwide,   it’s estimated that two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where  there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your  alarms every month to make sure they work. Residents should have smoke  alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each  bedroom.

 

CO is called the “invisible killer,” because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon  monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various  products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills.

 

That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.

 

For more information on fire safety visit www.redwoodcity.org/fire

 

This weekend please be sure to Change Your Clock…Change Your Smoke/CO Alarm Batteries!

 

Thanks,

~ malcolm

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