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Daylight saving time is a good time for a safety check

03/07/14

Daylight saving time is about to begin. Safety experts say take this time to check the smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and GFCIs in your home. Electricians from Mister Sparky can help.

As we spring our clocks forward to kick off daylight saving time this upcoming weekend, fire safety experts recommend checking the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors too. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. Changing batteries while changing all of your clocks is a good practice. [1] The NFPA also recommends:

  • Installing smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home, including your basement. They also recommend interconnecting all smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.
  • For best protection install a combination alarm. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires. Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to smoldering fires. Alarms with both options are available.
  • Replace all alarms when they are 10 years old.

It’s also a good time to test the ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs, on the electrical outlets in your home. This device, usually placed near wet areas helps protect against electric shocks. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends having them installed by a qualified electrician and tested at least once every month. [2]

If you have questions about electrical safety in your home, your local Mister Sparky electrician can help. We offer complete electrical installation services, repairs and maintenance.

The information above was also compiled from:

http://www.nfpa.org/~/media/Files/Safety%20information/Safety%20tip%20sheets/smokealarmssafetytips.pdf 

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[1] http://nfpatoday.blog.nfpa.org/2013/03/change-your-smoke-alarm-batteries-while-you-spring-forward-tonight.html

2 https://www.cpsc.gov/en/Newsroom/News-Releases/2011/Change-Smoke-and-Carbon-Monoxide-Alarm-Batteries-When-Changing-Clocks-This-WeekendCPSC-Also-Recommends-Consumers-Test-Their-Homes-Electrical-Safety-Equipment/


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