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Daylight Saving Time begins on March 11 and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is reminding consumers in California and across the country that this is the perfect time to change the batteries for all alarms. By regularly changing batteries in alarms and detectors, consumers can protect themselves from fires and carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.

Putting new batteries in the alarms at home when Daylight Saving Time begins and again when Standard Time begins helps ensure that the batteries in detectors don’t wear out and reminds consumers of when they should change the battery. A dead or even weakened battery in an alarm can prevent the device from warning residents that a fire or carbon monoxide leak has occurred, putting everyone at risk.

According to the CPSC, there was an average of 183 deaths each year from 2006 to 2008 due to carbon monoxide poisoning accidents caused by consumer products. Additionally, there was a per year average of 386,300 residential fires and 2,400 deaths that resulted from such incidents in that same time span.

Changing batteries regularly and testing alarms to make sure they work is a vital step in ensuring your family’s safety at home; however, when these products fail unexpectedly due to defects, the results can be devastating. If you or a loved one has suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning due to another’s negligence, the San Jose carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers at Caputo and Van Der Walde – Injury & Accident Attorneys have the skills and experience to successfully represent you in court and win rightful compensation for your losses. For more information, call us today at (800) 900-0863.