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Friday, November 2, 2012

Change Clocks, Replace Batteries in Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide Detectors this Weekend

Change Clocks, Replace Batteries in Smoke Alarms, Carbon Monoxide
Detectors this Weekend

Harrisburg – State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann urges residents to change the
batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when they turn their
clocks back this weekend.

“Tragically, every year in Pennsylvania, people require medical treatment or even
die due to carbon monoxide poisoning,” Mann said. “These devices are not
expensive, they save lives, and once they’re installed, need to be maintained

Working smoke alarms cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. Worn or missing
batteries are the most common cause of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide
detector malfunction. Changing the batteries at least once a year is one of the
simplest, most effective ways to prevent tragic deaths and injuries.

Carbon monoxide is created when combustible materials burn incompletely. Often
called “the silent killer,” it is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can
incapacitate victims before they’re aware they’ve been exposed. Sources include
wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, gas-fired appliances, grills, generators and
motor vehicles. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the
flu and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, disorientation and fatigue.

Before installing a detector or an alarm, Mann suggests writing the purchase date
inside the unit. Whether a unit is battery-powered or hardwired, the unit should be
replaced every 8-10 years.

Mann said this weekend also serves as an ideal time for families to review their
home evacuation plans. All family members should plan two ways to escape from
each room and practice escape routes with the entire family.

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