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11/05/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Washington, D.C.—With Daylight Savings Time approaching, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising people to go ahead and change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when you set your clocks back, reports the CPSC.

In addition to changing the batteries, consumers are advised to test their alarms monthly to ensure that they are in working order.

“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.”

Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of the home, outside sleeping area and inside each bedroom. CO alarms should be placed on each floor of the home and outside of sleeping areas.

“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,” reported the CPSC.

Across the U.S., from 2005 through 2007, firefighters responded to an estimated 385,100 residential fires, which resulted in about 2,470 deaths, 12,600 injuries and about $6.43 billion in property losses annually.

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