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Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 1.

That means it’s time to turn clocks back one hour AND put fresh batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
This is important. Your alarms need new batteries every year to work properly.

Did you know that three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or homes without working smoke alarms, according to the National Fire Protection Association?

CPSC estimates that between 2010 and 2012 (…)

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Ever been in this situation?

You’re at home during a storm and the power goes out. There are no lights and no television. Your cell phone is running out of power and the stove doesn’t work. The groceries you just bought are in the refrigerator, and it’s only a matter of time before they spoil. Depending on the time of year, there is no air conditioning or heat. You are desperate for relief. Electricity, please!

So you power up the portable gas generator.

CPSC is concerned (…)

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Wow!  This year’s carbon monoxide poster contest received about 700 posters from middle school students. That’s a record!

Posters came from all over the United States, and even from U.S. military bases overseas!  Each and every poster had an important safety message: Stop the “invisible killer.”  The “invisible killer” is carbon monoxide (CO).

Congratulations to the 10 winners!

8th grade:
Frankie from California
***GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Talia from Pennsylvania
Nisa from (…)

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Are your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms working?

We at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urge you to check your alarms this weekend when you set your clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday at 2 a.m.

This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your alarms. Smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms do an important job of giving you and your family time to escape a fire or CO poisoning incident, but only if they (…)

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Winter weather can knock out power in its path.

If you are considering using a gasoline-powered portable generator to temporarily power appliances and heaters to cook and stay warm, you need to know these five facts.

FACT #1: The exhaust from portable generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) which can kill you and your family in minutes.

FACT #2: NEVER use a portable generator inside your home or garage. Run the generator OUTSIDE ONLY, at least 20 feet from (…)

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