Daylight Saving Time 2012 begins on Sunday, March 11 -- and since you need to reset your clock, Daylight Saving Time also a great time to ensure two other important devices--your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms -- are functioning properly as well.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, a government agency charged with "protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction," is recommending consumers to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to coincide with the Daylight Saving Time time change. Fresh batteries, reminds the agency, allow smoke and CO alarms to function properly, and warn families of fire and potentially fatal carbon monoxide buildup.
"Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms," said the agency in a statement. "That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work."
The agency recommends consumers to have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom, as well as working CO alarms on each level and outside each sleeping area.
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