Monday, March 12, 2018

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Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarm with time change

ALBANY – At a time when we moved our clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning the state is reminding residents to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

“When it’s time to set the clocks forward, it’s also time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbo0n monoxide alarms,” said state Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino, Sr. “It only takes a few minutes to put your mind at ease, knowing that you have done something to make your family a litter safer.”

Smoke alarms provide early warning of a fire and can provide extra time to escape safely. However, smoke alarms may not work property if homeowners and renters don’t test them regularly.

Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Carbon monoxide produces no smell or taste, but kills more than 400 people every year and sends more than 20,000 people to the emergency room.

The only way to safely detect it is with a carbon monoxide alarm.


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