Friday, March 8, 2013

Spring Forward into Daylight Savings Time on Sunday 3/10 with these Safety Tips from Energizer

Change your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks on Sunday...

Daylight Savings Time starts this Sunday, March 10th.  And although none of use are glad to lose an hour of sleep, as we change are clocks, this is also a perfect time to change the batteries in our smoke detectors.

Did you know that 62% of home fire deaths resulted from fires to homes with inoperable smoke alarms or no smoke alarms???  So when you change your clocks for daylight savings time, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monixibe detectors.

Check out the following home safety tips from our friends at Energizer....

1. Practice smoke alarm maintenance for a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.

2. When you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. This can help save lives.

3. Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working.

4. Have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of your home.

5. Install one carbon monoxide detector in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.

6. Plan, discuss and practice an escape route with your family for dangerous situations such as home fires, carbon monoxide leaks and natural disasters.

7. Do not rely on your sense of smell to alert you that you and/or your family are in danger of being trapped during a fire or from a carbon monoxide leak.

8. Be sure not to ignore the chirping sound your smoke alarm makes when maintenance is required.

9. Keep fire-starting materials away from children, including lighters, matches, cigarettes, cigars and pipes.

10. Use flashlights or flameless candles rather than candles to light your home during power outages.

11. Space heaters need space. Portable space heaters need a three-foot (one meter) clearance from anything that can burn and should always be turned off when leaving the room or going to sleep.

12. Never use your oven to heat your home.

13. And lastly remember, Carbon monoxide detectors are NOT substitutes for smoke alarms.

Stay safe!
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