When you turn your clocks one hour ahead, remember safety, too, and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Smoke and CO alarms need new batteries installed each year, unless they have sealed 10-year batteries. In addition, test alarms monthly to make sure they’re working correctly.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advises. CO alarms should be installed on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas.
If either the smoke or CO alarm sounds, go to a safe location outside your home and call the fire department. Working alarms give family members time to escape from a fire or a buildup of carbon monoxide in the home.
From 2015 through 2017, 2,300 deaths and more than 10,400 injuries occurred. For carbon monoxide poisoning, it's about 400 deaths a year.
- Because you can’t see it or smell it, carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer. It can come from many sources, such as portable generators.
- You should never operate a portable generator inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace, shed, or on the porch close to the house.
- Prevent fires by having your fuel-burning appliances, such as your furnace and fireplace, inspected by a professional each year.
- Keep space heaters away from curtains, beds, and anything combustible.
Fire escape plan
- Make sure there are two ways out from each room, usually a door and a window, and a clear path to outside from each exit.
- Brief everyone in the home on the plan, and practice the escape plan twice yearly.
- Get fire ladders for second story bedrooms.