Wellness Shot: Daylight Saving Time Means Check Your Smoke Alarm

Daylight Saving is March 12th! That means it's time to check your smoke alarms.

Two-thirds of home fire deaths result from fires in homes without a working smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). The Vallejo Fire Department reminds you to not only change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time but to check your smoke alarms, too. Saving your life can be as simple as checking your smoke alarms. The NFPA reports that working smoke alarms reduce home fire fatalities by half. With earlier warning, people have more time to escape a burning structure and call 9-1-1.

VFD also recommends that you take this opportunity to check your home's carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless poisonous gas that is produced from incomplete combustion. This means, any gas appliance in your home that is not operating properly, can produce carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide alarms are designed to alarm before potentially life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide are released, giving you time to safely exit your home. Having smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms that work 24 hours a day greatly increases your chance of survival.

Thank you to the Vallejo Fire Department for this helpful guide!

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