"Spring Forward" This Weekend, Good Time To Update Detectors

Mar 10, 2017

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It's the weekend when the clocks "spring forward", or you lose one hour of sleep Saturday into Sunday morning as we begin Daylight Savings Time.

Officials also say it's a good time to update the devices in your home that could save your life.

Dawn Robinson of Oneida County Emergency Management says update your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors...

"....make sure your smoke detectors, your carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and have fresh batteries. Those batteries should be replaced every spring and every fall. When we change our clocks. Another thing to check is the NOAA weather radio. Make sure that has fresh set of batteries...."

About 450 people are taken to the hospital in Wisconsin each year because of exposure to carbon monoxide. At high levels, carbon monoxide can cause death in a matter of minutes. Robinson says check your kits where you store food and water should there be an emergency, such as a power outage.

She says check the food to make sure it hasn't passed the expiration date.

More information is available at the website Ready Wisconsin dot wi dot gov or their Facebook page. We also have a link here.