As we change our clocks one hour forward on Sunday, the Los Angeles County Fire Department would like to remind you to also change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in your home.
“Having a working smoke detector in your home clearly increases your chances of survival during a fire,” says Fire Captain Tom Richards.
“The device may alert members of your family while you are asleep, giving you the extra critical seconds for survival.”
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Carbon monoxide detectors are now required by SB-183 to be installed outside of each sleeping area in traditional dwellings. For maximum protection against CO gas, the Los Angeles County Fire Department also recommends that a CO device be installed in each sleeping room.
Working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, when properly installed, may mean the difference between life and death according to Fire Department Officials.
Test your smoke alarms for proper operations at least twice each year and clean your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors so they are free of lint and dust build up.
Change the batteries in every smoke and carbon monoxide detector device in your home at least twice each year when you change your clocks and have a working flashlight nearby to help you evacuate your in case of a fire.
Most Importantly have at least two planned escape routes from your home with a designated meeting place outside for all members of your family, and conduct fire drills at home regularly.
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