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During the process of changing the clocks for Daylight Saving Time, is also the perfect time to change batteries in the carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and smoke detectors, urges the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

“New batteries that are working and properly functioning are essential to protect your family and home.”

An estimated two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes that don’t have functioning smoke and CO alarms. For optimal safety, alarms should be checked once a month.

Alarms should be installed:

On every level of the home

Outside each sleeping area

Inside every bedroom

From 2008 through 2010, fire departments responded to more than 360,000 residential fires nationwide that were the cause of 2,300 deaths, 12,500 injuries and an excess of $7 billion in property losses.

Many people don’t really just how deadly Carbon monoxide is. It is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that consumers cannot see or smell, therefore having an alarm is essential.

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