Remember: Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives

Every 2 hours, someone in the United States dies in a fire. The majority of these deaths occur in homes, usually at night after people have gone to bed. Between 2002 and 2005, unintentionally non-fire carbon monoxide poisonings associated with consumer products killed an average of about 135 people each year. These horrifying scenarios are even more disturbing when you realize that many of these deaths could have been avoided if these homes would have had working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

El Paso Fire Officials would like to remind the El Paso Community that when they change the time on their clocks on Sunday morning, November 4th (One hour back: Fall Back, Spring Forward), to also change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

In addition to replacing batteries in smoke and CO alarms, Fire Officials recommend testing them monthly. Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. CO alarms should be installed outside each sleeping area. Battery backup is an important consideration for those alarms that are powered by your home’s electrical system

Also, some manufacturers recommend that consumers replace smoke alarms every 10 years and replace CO alarms every 5 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. Take the time to check that your alarms are working properly. That simple step could save your life.