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October 30, 2013
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PREPARE TO “FALL BACK” BY CHECKING HOME DETECTORS AND PACKING AN EMERGENCY
Daylight Saving Time Ends November 3 at 2 a.m.
MADISON—With temperatures dropping and Daylight Saving Time ending
soon, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and ReadyWisconsin
officials are urging residents to make sure their home’s smoke and
carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order, and an emergency
kit is ready in the event of weather emergencies.
“When we set the clocks back this year, it’s the perfect time to
check our home devices that protect us and our families from fires and
carbon monoxide poisoning, and to prepare for winter weather,” said Dr.
Henry Anderson, State Health Officer.
Smoke Detectors: Check and replace batteries if needed and
make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S.
Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million
homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work, due in most
cases to dead or missing batteries. Nearly 2,700 people die and more
than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detectors: Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of
accidental poisoning deaths in the United States, according to the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 20,000 people
visit the emergency room and nearly 500 are killed each year from carbon
To protect your family from carbon monoxide, follow these simple safety
- Make sure you have working CO detectors. All homes and duplexes
in Wisconsin are required to have CO detectors on every level including
the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.
- Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually to
make sure it is structurally and functionally sound and vents properly
to the outside of your home.
- Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal)
inside your home or an unventilated garage. Any heating system that
burns fuel will produce carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector
where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in
tents, cabins, RVs, and boats with enclosed cabins.
- Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running,
you must have a door open to the outside.
- Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never
run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or
Breathing carbon monoxide displaces the oxygen in the blood and can
cause death within minutes at high levels. Symptoms of overexposure to
carbon monoxide are often mistaken for the flu and include headaches,
fatigue, and dizziness, shortness of breath/chest pain, nausea
/vomiting, and confusion. If you suspect you may be experiencing carbon
monoxide poisoning, or your carbon monoxide detector sounds an alarm,
head outside immediately for fresh air and call 911.
Emergency Kits: Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in
their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your
family at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank
radio, flashlights and a first aid kit should also be included. If you
already have an emergency kit prepared, make sure food and other items
are not near or past their expiration dates.
For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, visit:
For tips on emergency preparedness:
For information on winter weather preparations:
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November 04, 2013