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Fall Back, Check Your Smoke Alarm
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Fri, 11/04/2011 3:49 PM

Don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday, Nov. 6! Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, reminds you that now is a good time to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms, too.  It could save your life.

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person's chance of dying in a fire by half? For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.

It's important to replace smoke alarm batteries once a year, unless they're 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a power outage.

It’s also a good idea to check the batteries in your home’s carbon monoxide (CO) detector. About 400 people die each year from CO poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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