Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning–Change Your Batteries Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning–Change Your Batteries
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning by having your fuel-burning appliances serviced annually and by installing a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Check or change its batteries each time you change your clocks. Download a video that shows where exposures can occur in your home.
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on the first Sunday in March. When you set your clock ahead one hour, remember to check or change the batteries in your battery-operated carbon monoxide (CO) detector. Each year unintentional CO poisoning not linked to fires kills about 450 Americans and poisons at least 20,000.
You can prevent CO poisoning by having your fuel-burning appliances serviced annually and by installing a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector. Check or change its batteries each time you change your clocks.
Protect your family and prevent CO poisoning by taking just a few simple steps:
Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. Install a battery-operated CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911. Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t vented. Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open. Don’t heat your house with a gas oven. Never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement, or garage or near a window. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, or nauseated.