Happy Daylight Savings Time! Sunday March 10, 2019 is time to “Spring Forward.” While enjoying that extra hour of sunlight, we can’t overlook an important spring chore. Changing batteries in smoke detectors & carbon monoxide detectors!!!
Mahoney Alarms works to remind everyone of the simple, life-saving habit of changing batteries and testing devices when changing the clocks for daylight saving time.
- 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check our devices.
- Roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or working smoke alarms. When smoke alarms should have worked but failed to operate, it is usually because batteries were missing, disconnected, or dead.
- More than 500 people die each year in the U.S. from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning. This figure includes incidents involving automobiles left idling in a home’s garage, which does not fall under CPSC’s jurisdiction. Carbon monoxide is called the invisible killer, because you cannot see or smell it. This poisonous gas can come from a variety of sources and quickly incapacitate and kill its victims.
The following guidelines should be considered:
- Test devices at least once a month using the test button.
- Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the alarm and knows how to respond.
(example: accessible escape route)
- Replace all devices when they are 10 years old.
- Replace the device immediately if it doesn’t respond properly when tested.
- For devices with batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year.
What battery do you need? Energizer.com has provided us with a list of commonly used batteries and a convenient link to order online.