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Release Date: 03/09/2012 Release Time: 11:02 AM
Contact: B.Bock
Subject: Change Your Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms This Weekend
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Change Your Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms This Weekend

The City of Riverside Fire Department is reminding all citizens to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms this weekend for Daylight Saving Time. This year,
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 11. Fresh batteries allow smoke and CO alarms to do their jobs saving lives by alerting families of a fire or a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide in their homes.
Two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. That is why it is important to replace batteries at least once every year and to test your alarms every month to make sure they work. Homeowners should have smoke alarms on every level of their home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom.

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is called the "invisible killer," because it is a colorless, odorless and a poisonous gas. Because of this, people may not know they are being poisoned. Carbon monoxide is produced by the incomplete burning of fuel in various products, including furnaces, portable generators, fireplaces, cars and charcoal grills. That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.

The Riverside Fire Department recommends all residents should have a comprehensive fire protection plan that includes smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide Alarms and a home fire escape plan. Take Action and keep your family safe.