Two-thirds of deaths from fires occur in homes without working smoke detectors. Research shows that the main reason why some people die in fires and some don’t is that the people who survived had working smoke detectors.
Also, about 183 Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to malfunctioning appliances like furnaces and fireplaces. CO gas is colorless and odorless. People who are being poisoned usually don’t know it.
These detectors save lives, but only if they work.
When you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, you should also check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replacing dead batteries could save lives.