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We are approaching the time of year that the clocks are changed and in doing so the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is also reminding consumers to change batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.

CO alarms and smoke detectors save lives by alerting you to a CO buildup or fire. But, if the batteries are dead, they can’t do their job. All batteries should be checked at least once a year and there is no better time than now to do so as you are walking around changing all the clocks anyway.

The CPSC also encourages consumers to test their alarms monthly to ensure that they are properly functioning. All smoke alarms have a test button that you push to check out the entire alarm. If for any reason the alarm malfunctions and fails to work it should be replaced immediately. Most importantly, alarms should be placed on every level of the home. CO is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that cannot be smelled or seen, that can prove fatal if undetected.

Our article, “CPSC: A Fire Safe Home,” also includes several fire safety tips. You can also read more about which alarms to buy and why you need them in your home by visiting the FEMA Web site.

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