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Daylight Savings Emergency Checks

05 Nov News

Daylight savings time has come and gone over the weekend, but area emergency management teams are reminding residents its a good time to do some checks around the house.

It has long been a national campaign to check and change batteries in smoke detectors when the clocks change. Ready Wisconsin also urges residents to make two more checks in the home.

Make sure you have Carbon Monoxide Detectors and they are working. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have carbon monoxide detectors on every level including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas.

They also recommend that everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. Daylight Savings Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check it to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.