SPRING FORWARD: Change your clocks, change batteries on smoke/carbon monoxide detectors

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Although it may not feel like it outside, Spring is almost here. This Motzei Shabbos at 2 a.m. we will move the clocks forward by one hour and an hour of of sleep will be swapped for ‘another hour of sunlight’.

Don’t forget to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 5 minutes and a few dollars can save your family’s lives.

Here are some shocking facts on the importance of ensuring carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in working order.

  • Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire, giving people additional escape time. In 2012-2016, smoke alarms were present in three-quarters (74%) and sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (40%) or no smoke alarms that were working (17%). 
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms (12.3 deaths per 1,000 fires), either because no smoke alarm was present or an alarm was present but did not operate), as it was in homes with working smoke alarms (5.7 per 1,000 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than two of every five (43%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (25%) of the smoke alarm failures.

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