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Time To Replace Smoke, CO Detector Batteries

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Nellie Kelly with the American Red Cross Tulsa Area Chapter says the time change is a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Nellie Kelly with the American Red Cross Tulsa Area Chapter says the time change is a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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UNDATED -- This weekend, the time will spring forward one hour. Nellie Kelly with the American Red Cross Tulsa Area Chapter says the time change is a good time to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Smoke detector tips

• All batteries should be replaced at least once a year and tested monthly. Also, cobwebs and dust should be vacuumed away monthly.

• Smoke alarms become less sensitive over time. They should be replaced every 10 years.

• If they've been painted, they also should be replaced.

• If they beep periodically, it's a signal that the batteries need to be changed. Even though the beeping is annoying, the battery should never be removed until you have a new one and are ready to replace it.

Carbon monoxide detectors
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is poisonous to animals and people because it displaces oxygen in the blood. It is produced by the incomplete burning of fuels. Every year, more than 200 people in the United States die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide can kill entire families while they sleep.

If everyone in the house has the same symptoms, they should leave and seek medical attention. At night, however, the only protection is a carbon monoxide detector that is listed with Underwriter's Laboratories.

Like smoke alarms, the batteries should be tested monthly and replaced yearly.

Read more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information.

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