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Day Light Savings

November 4, 2011 by staff 

Day Light Savings, Daylight saving time ends on Sunday as “backward” and set the clocks back one hour. This is also a good time to review the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies.

Smoke Detectors – Check and replace batteries if necessary and make sure your home devices are functioning properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million households in the country with smoke detectors that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that began at home.

Carbon monoxide (CO) – Make sure you have CO detectors in your home. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, with more than 20,000 people visit the emergency room and about 500 die each year from exposure to the gas .

In addition, all homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have carbon monoxide detectors. The new Wisconsin law requires that the detectors on each level of the house including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas. Any home that requires a building permit should have CO detectors connected directly to the electrical service with battery backup. Existing buildings can be used independently of detector batteries.

Emergency Kits – Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in your home with supplies such as food and water for you and your family for at least three days. Other elements such as a battery or crank radio, flashlight and first aid kit should also be included. Summertime is a perfect time to get a kit – and if you already have a kit to check that food and other items that are not near or beyond their expiration date.

For more tips on how to prepare yourself and your family, please visit our website: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov
Information on how to get a kit and a plan for when disaster strikes.

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