Change your clock AND check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors!!
A reminder from Gary Woodson, Fire Chief with the Central Oregon Coast Fire & Rescue District –
When you adjust your clocks to “Fall Back” on this coming Saturday night, November 3rd, be sure check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, too. If your smoke detectors are over 10 years old they should be replaced. The new smoke alarms have a battery that will last 10 years, so we recommend testing all of them at least twice a year, when you change your clocks. Ideally, make it a monthly routine to check all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
“Having a functional smoke alarm is the simplest, most effective way to ensure you and your family’s safety in the event of a home fire” said Woodson. “All too often, these critical life-saving devices are overlooked or ignored until it’s too late. Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace your smoke detector if it is over 10 years old.”
Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors can decrease the risk of dying in a home fire by as much as half. From the moment an alarm sounds, occupants may have as few as two minutes to safely exit the building.
Often called “the silent killer,” carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that can incapacitate victims before they are aware they have been exposed. Sources include wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, gas-fired fireplaces, appliances, grills and generators, and motor vehicles.
Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are often mistaken for the flu and include nausea, headaches, dizziness, disorientation and fatigue.
So make sure your smoke alarms are ready with a full battery!!