Safety Reminder When Springing Forward This Weekend

The Office of State Fire Commissioner is reminding Pennsylvanians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors while changing their clocks for this weekend’s “spring forward” time change. Dead or missing batteries are the most common cause of a smoke or CO alarm malfunction. 

“Smoke alarms are your family’s first line of defense against the dangers of fire,” said State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook. “When your family’s safety is threatened by a fire, the early warning provided by a smoke alarm can be the difference between safely exiting your home, and not making it out. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of working smoke detectors, especially for the older adults in your life who may need a little extra time to get out.” 

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