Archive for Saturday, April 1, 2006

Time change brings request for safety measure

April 1, 2006

Daylight-saving time begins Sunday, and residents are being urged to practice a safety precaution at the same time the push their clocks forward an hour.

"When you change your clocks, change your batteries" in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, said Leavenworth County Fire District No. 1 Chief Rick Huhn.

Fire District No. 1, along with fire departments across the country, uses the change from standard time to daylight-saving time in the spring and the switchback in the fall to remind homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission pointed out that some manufacturers recommend consumers replace smoke alarms every 10 years and replace CO alarms every five years. The sensors in these devices can degrade because of environmental contamination and from age.

"Working smoke and CO alarms can help protect your family from a fire or CO hazard in your home," said Hal Stratton, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. "Take the time to check that your alarms are working properly. That simple step could save your life."

The commission reminds homeowners that battery backup is an important consideration for those alarms powered by your home's electrical system.

Daylight-saving time officially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

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