Beware of the Deadly Duo: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide
Be safe – install detectors for smoke and carbon monoxide in your home.
When summer fades into fall, the days get shorter and the nights get cooler. It’s also when furnaces, fireplaces and other heating devices get used for the first time of the season.
With increased use of heating devices comes a rise in home fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, home fires cause an average 2,650 deaths and 12,890 injuries every year.
When it comes to heating, play it safe. Make sure you have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home. In the event of a fire or high levels of carbon monoxide, these detectors sound an alarm giving you precious time to escape from danger.
For optimum protection, test your detectors monthly and change the batteries twice a year. An easy way to remember is to change batteries when clocks change for daylight saving time.
Placing the detectors
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed on every level of your house, including the basement. Make sure alarms are also installed in or near all sleeping areas. In the event of a fire or carbon monoxide buildup, time is valuable. The sooner the alarm sounds, the sooner you can escape.