Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

March 8, 2014

Recharge them

Change batteries in smoke alarms, CO2 detectors

Daylight Saving Time is now in effect, and if you haven’t already set your clock ahead one hour, you’re behind the 8-ball.

It also would be a good time to change the batteries in your home’s smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

That’s if you didn’t do so last November, when Daylight Saving Time Ended. Once a year is good enough. The idea is that you should pick a certain date — whether it be Daylight Saving Time, a birthday or wedding anniversary — and stick to it.

 Working smoke alarms and CO detectors double a family’s chance of surviving a home fire and/or an unsafe carbon monoxide level. It’s a simple step that can help us avoid unexpected tragedies in the place we should feel the most secure — our homes.

Also, Maryland law involves “battery only” smoke alarms used in state residential properties. When they reach their 10-year life span, these need to be replaced with long-life sealed lithium battery smoke alarms with silence/hush button features. This feature temporarily disables the alarm so the occupant can ventilate the space from mild smoke conditions typically created during some cooking operations. The use of these alarms eliminates the need to replace the batteries during the 10-year life of the alarm.

The law also requires homeowners to ensure they have a smoke alarm installed on each floor and in each sleeping area, per National Fire Protection Association recommendations.

The 120-volt electric smoke alarms should also be replaced every 10 years with smoke alarms with battery backup to ensure proper and timely operation in the event of a fire.

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