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Five Minutes or Less for Health Weekly Tip: Check Alarm Batteries

Check Alarm Batteries

Everyone should have smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes. Carbon monoxide, or CO, is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death.

Approximately 4 out of 10 home fire deaths occur in homes without smoke alarms. The main reason smoke alarms fail to operate during home fires is missing or disconnected batteries.

Take a few minutes to ensure your alarms will sound in an emergency.

  • Install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near bedrooms, and make sure smoke alarms are near all sleeping rooms.
  • Check or change the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work properly. For smoke alarms that use regular alkaline batteries, replace the batteries at least once a year. For smoke alarms that use lithium (long-life) batteries, replace the entire smoke alarm according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Make and practice an escape plan in the event of a fire or emergency.

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