Friday, March 11, 2011

Daylight Savings Time Is Home Safety Time

Changing your clocks from standard time to daylight savings time and back again each year can help you stay on schedule and reduce your use of electricity. Using just one of those annual time changes as a reminder to replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, and fire extinguishers could save your life. 

A quick and simple check is the best way to ensure the extinguisher will work when needed.

  1. Ensure the gauge in the green area.
  2. Ensure the pull pin is in place, and the seal isn’t broken.
  3. Remove the hose, and visually inspect the orifice for powder. If there is any residue the extinguisher will need to be recharged.

Many people use their fire extinguisher, and find there is still powder left inside so they assume it will still function the next time they need it. What happens is the powder has now coated the seal on the valve stem allowing the nitrogen expellant to leak past. I have heard many stories about extinguishers that had one puff then stopped, but it was still full. Now you know why.

Tips to Help Prevent Fires and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The CPSC advises all consumers to remain vigilant against fires and carbon monoxide poisoning, and recommends three simple tips to help you protect your life, your loved ones, and your home:

  1. Make sure your home is protected with both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. Combination smoke/CO alarms are    also available.
  2. Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms monthly to make sure they are working.
  3. Once a year, change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms when you change your clocks to or from standard or daylight savings time.

Making the day you change your clocks a timely reminder to check your smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and extinguishers is a good way to ensure you will continue to have enough time to enjoy the good things in life.

Posted by Rob Read at 10:01 AM


Thanks for the tips!
March 12, 2011 3:46 PM By Sandra

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