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Pennsylvanians urged to change batteries in smoke detectors

Updated: Sunday, March 9 2014, 04:16 PM CDT
As we all turn our clocks forward this weekend, Pennsylvanians are urged to also change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Smoke alarms are an inexpensive way to protect families in the event of a fire, by alerting them to danger in time for them to safely escape, said State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half.  Worn or missing batteries are the most common cause of a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector malfunction, a press release said.

Newer models of smoke alarms have long-lasting batteries that do not need to be replaced, but thousands of homeowners still use models that use standard batteries that must be replaced regularly.

Carbon monoxide, also known as 'the silent killer', is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless gas that can incapacitate victims before they're aware they've been exposed to it.

Carbon monoxide can come from wood-burning fire places, wood burning stoves, gas-fired appliances, grills, generators, and vehicles.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include nausea, headaches, dizziness, disorientation and fatigue. Sometimes these symptoms can be mistaken for the flu.

Information about how to prevent fires and prepare for all types of emergencies is available online at For more information about the fire service in Pennsylvania, visit, or call 1-800-670-3473.
Pennsylvanians urged to change batteries in smoke detectors

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