It’s That Time: Change the Time and Batteries

It’s time change weekend. Where has all the time gone? I am okay with the time change in the fall, I get an extra hour but in spring I am a grumpy bear when I lose sleep. It’s still a great reminder to do all those safety checks that are needed.

Time Change Weekend- Do Safety Checks

This is a great time to change those batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. We actaully just bought some new carbon monoxide detectors. With the heat on in the house we want to make sure our home is protected. When my husband was living with his parents in England they barely got out of their house alive due to carbon monoxide. The only reason he got everyone out was because he had his bedroom window open. So he is overly protective.

Smoke detectors are always important every season of the year. With the time change it’s just a good idea to change the batteries to make sure they are fresh and new. I would also suggest if your smoke detector is more than five years old that it may be time to replace it. You can go to any hardware store and buy a can of smoke to test them out.

Here is a little blurb from the CPSC and what they recommend:

Fire departments responded to more than 386,000 residential fires nationwide
that resulted in nearly 2,400 deaths, more than 12,500 injuries, and $6.92
billion in property losses annually, on average, from 2006 through 2008.

In addition to changing batteries in smoke alarms, CPSC urges consumers to
stay in the kitchen while cooking to help prevent fires. Cooking fires accounted
for the largest percentage of home fires, an annual average of nearly 150,000 or
38.7 percent, from 2006 through 2008.

CO alarms should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping
areas. CO alarms should not be installed in attics or basements unless they
include a sleeping area. Combination smoke and CO alarms are available to

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that consumers
cannot see or smell. An average of 184 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning
deaths associated with consumer products, including portable generators,
occurred annually from 2005 through 2007.

So make it a point this time change weekend to get your home in check and protect your family, they are your most precious things in life!

Karla Urwitz
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2 thoughts on “It’s That Time: Change the Time and Batteries

  1. Thanks for reminding us to change the batteries in all such crucial stuff! By the way, there is one more option for detecting the fire as quickly as possible: to utilize surveillance cameras with thermal imaging technology. Thermal imaging technology works on heat, or infrared energy, to detect activity. The big advantage of it is that it works permanently and doesn’t need a battery replacement.

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