BRATTLEBORO -- Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, Nov. 3, and the Brattleboro Fire Department reminds everyone that when you set your clocks back to change and test the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. The message is simple and the habit can be lifesaving.
Home fires kill an average of seven people every day and one common factor in most fatal fires is the lack of properly installed and working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke.
Carbon monoxide detectors are also an important device for home safety. Sometimes referred to as the "the silent killer" carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Approximately 700 people die each year as a result of unintentional poisoning by gases or vapors in non-fire situations. Carbon monoxide was involved in the majority of these deaths. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned. As the winter months come upon us, our use of fuel for heating increases thereby, increasing the potential for elevated levels of carbon monoxide
The Brattleboro Fire Department reminds residents that one simple step can help save their lives and the lives of those around them. Everyone is encouraged to use the extra hour they "gain" from daylight saving time to change the batteries in their own smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, test the alarms and remind friends, family, neighbors and fellow community members to do the same.