CERT-Banner-NEW3j Just a couple of tips: Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday March 8. As you “spring forward” for the time change, remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarmand carbon monoxide detector. The batteries should be replaced at least once a year to make sure the alarms operate properly. By maintaining the alarms in your home, you can increase your chances of surviving a fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. When fire breaks out, you only have seconds to escape its heat, black smoke, and deadly gases. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that fuel-burning heating and cooking devices often produce. It is often called the silent killer because it is odorless and colorless. The National Fire Protection Association offers tips for making your home safer: Place smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home and outside each bedroom. If you keep your bedroom doors closed, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom; Test alarms once a month; Never disable a smoke alarm when cooking; and Replace smoke alarms that are ten years old. Provided by Diane -- Julian/Cuyamaca CERT

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