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Spring Forward And Change Your Batteries!!!
If you haven’t done so already, it’s that time of year to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!! If your carbon monoxide is battery operated…some plug right into the wall. Our clocks sprung forward last week and this is a good time to change your batteries since it’s easy to remember. (Okay, I forgot…but I’m remembering now!)
Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors use a 9-Volt battery and are easily replaced by popping the lid, removing the old and inserting the new. Your smoke alarm should also have a test button on it to make sure it’s working. If so, it’ll chirp at you when you press it. If at any time of year your alarm is chirping but not going off full force, it means it’s time to replace your batteries.
If for some reason you aren’t able to change your batteries yourself, you can call your local fire department’s non-emergency number. They would be happy to help you out! If you’re healthy and able and feeling like doing a great deed for another, offer to help your elderly and/or disabled neighbors if they would like your help changing their smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries as well!
Approximately 3,000 people die each year from house fires and another 200-500 from carbon monoxide leaks. In most of these cases authorities found smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with dead batteries in them. These awful tragedies could very well have been prevented had the detectors been in working order.