Time Change = Battery Change

Boulder home inspector, Jeff Lyons shared a reminder with me via email recently, and I’m passing this along to you as it’s something I feel is very important.

When you changed your clocks this past weekend, did you remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms too?  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urges consumers to make a habit of replacing smoke and CO alarm batteries when the time changes which is twice per year.   Daylight Saving Time ended on Sunday, November 7 this year. Many people die from Carbon Monoxide poisoning, don’t let it be you.

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“Properly working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can save lives by alerting you to a fire or to poisonous carbon monoxide in your home,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “In order to work properly, alarms need fresh batteries at least once every year.”

In addition to changing the batteries, consumers should test their alarms monthly.  Place smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside each bedroom.  CO (Carbon Monoxide) alarms should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas.  A recent Colorado law established a precedent that requires a CO alarm within 15 feet of every sleeping room in almost every home situation.  CO alarms should not be installed in attics or basements unless they include a sleeping area. Combination smoke and CO alarms are available to consumers.

Fire departments responded to an estimated 385,100 residential fires nationwide that resulted in an estimated 2,470 civilian deaths, 12,600 injuries and $6.43 billion in property losses annually, on average, from 2005 through 2007.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that consumers cannot see or smell. An average of 181 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths occurred annually associated with consumer products, including portable generators, from 2004 through 2006.

Please be one of the homeowners that have smoke and CO detectors in your home and not one of the vulnerable ones without them!  Your life is worth more than a $35 to $45 alarm!

Special Note: CPSC is sponsoring a nationwide carbon monoxide poster contest to increase awareness about the dangers of CO in the home. The poster contest is open to all middle school students in grades 6, 7 and 8 through December 31. Each of nine finalists will receive $250 in prize money. The grand prize winner will be awarded an additional $500. More information about the contest is available at challenge.gov/cpsc. Encourage your middle school student to participate.

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Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of the Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide.

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