It’s time to “fall back” and gain an extra hour of sleep! Daylight Savings Time 2017 officially ends on Sunday, November 5 at 2AM. In 1966, Daylight Savings Time became a standard practice in the United States, as a way to make use of longer sunlight hours that the summer months provide. Enjoy your extra sleep and the additional morning light on the 5th!
Protect your family from the “silent killer.”
As temperatures drop and more people are cranking up the heat and warming up the car’s engine before hitting the road, it’s especially critical to ensure your family’s safety against this lethal gas. In the home, carbon monoxide is most commonly formed by flames and heaters, as well as vehicles or generators that are running in an attached garage. Since carbon monoxide cannot be detected without a carbon monoxide detection device, it is essential to install and maintain one or more detectors in your home. Your Howard Hanna Insurance team wants you and your family to stay protected, so check out the following tips from CAL FIRE San Diego County Fire Authority for safeguarding your household.
What’s carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless, invisible gas that results when certain fuels do not burn completely – which can be deadly. That’s why it’s important to know how to prevent it, detect it and protect yourself and your family from its effects.
Carbon monoxide detector tips:
- The international Association of Fire Chiefs recommends a carbon monoxide detector on every floor of your home, including the basement. A detector should be located within 10 feet of each bedroom door, and there should be one near or over any attached garage. Each detector should be replaced every five to six years.
- Battery-only carbon monoxide detectors tend to go through batteries more frequently than expected. Plug-in detectors with a battery backup (for use if power is interrupted) require less battery-changing maintenance.
- Thoroughly read the installation manual that comes with the individual detector you purchase. Manufacturers’ recommendations differ to a certain degree based on research conducted with specific brands of detectors.
- Remember that carbon monoxide detectors do not serve as smoke detectors and vice versa. You can, however, purchase a dual smoke/carbon monoxide detector that can perform both functions.
- Do not install carbon monoxide detectors next to fuel-burning appliances, as these appliances may emit a small amount of carbon monoxide upon startup.