Health Officials Remind Residents To Change Batteries In Smoke, Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Nancy Harty
November 04, 2019 - 11:17 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- You may have made the leap to standard time Sunday without moving a clock back, but public health officials urge you to make other changes at home. 

Atomic clocks have made the time change nearly painless for some, but the switch off of daylight savings time is still a good time to change the batteries in your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. 

The Kane County Health Department said this is the time of year when they see more cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. On average, carbon monoxide poisoning causes about 200 deaths per year in the U.S, according to data from the Illinois Poison Center.

To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide, follow these safety tips:

  • Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors.Homes and duplexes are required by Illinois to have detectors 15 feet from every sleeping room. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware stores for $20-50. Daylight Savings Time is a good time each year to replace the batteries in your detector and push the “Test” button to be sure it’s working properly. Replace your detector every five years or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have furnaces or wood-burning stoves inspected annually. Hire a professional to make sure it is functionally sound and vents properly outside the home.
  • Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside a home or garage.
  • Generators should be run at a safe distance (at least 20 feet) from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.
  • Never run a car in an enclosed space. Even with a door or window open, carbon monoxide levels can still build up to an unsafe level.

The health department reminds people that detectors are required 15 feet of each bedroom and should be replaced every five years.