November 2, 2016
The Brillion News
Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 6. In the fall, the clocks “fall back” an hour from 2 a.m. daylight savings time to 1 a.m. standard time.
The state Division of Emergency Management is asking people to use the occasion to make sure that smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries. Old batteries can be removed and used in less-critical applications- such as toys.
While many homes have smoke detectors to warn of fire, far fewer have carbon monoxide alarms.
To protect the family from carbon monoxide, state Emergency Management suggests following these safety tips:
Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have detectors on every level, including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware stores.
Have your furnace or wood-burning stove 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 gas/charcoal grill inside your home or in a non-ventilated garage, cabin, recreational vehicle, or tent. Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide.
Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must ave a door open to the outside.
Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.