City and Borough of Juneau
155 S. Seward Street
Juneau, Alaska 99801
tel. 907-586-5240
fax 907-586-5385

Capital City Fire/Rescue

Change Batteries in Smoke and CO Alarms This Weekend

Capital City Fire/Rescue is urging Juneau residents 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. Alaska State Law requires working smoke detection devices to be installed in all dwellings. Statistics show that in all reported fires that occurred in a structure for 2010, twenty-one percent (39%) had no smoke alarm or the smoke alarm failed to work. The majority of fire deaths in Alaska occurred in dwellings where smoke alarms failed to operate or were not installed. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there was a yearly average of 386,300 residential fires resulting in nearly 2,400 deaths between 2006 and 2008. 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. We recommend to install smoke alarms on every level of a home, outside bedrooms and inside each bedroom. As for carbon monoxide alarms, CO is called the "invisible killer," because it is a colorless, odorless and 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. Carbon monoxide alarms are also important to maintain in the home. CPSC estimates there was an annual average of 183 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths associated with consumer products between 2006 and 2008. That is why it is important to have working CO alarms in the home, on each level and outside each sleeping area.

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