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Change your clocks and put new batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Change battery in smoke detector
Change battery in smoke detector

If you remembered to "spring forward" and change your clock, you're doing good. But don't forget it's also a perfect time for to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.

CPSC says two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. CPSC recommends consumers have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.

CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. CO is called the "invisible killer," because it is a colorless, odorless and poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.

Atlanta's Fulton Co. Fire and Rescue has reminders and tips on their twitter page here.

To go to Fulton Co. Fire and Rescue website, click here.

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