For Immediate Release: November 1, 2018

Contact: Ben Powell at 919-807-6008

State Fire Marshal Mike Causey reminds families to 'Change your clocks, change your battery'

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 5-11

RALEIGH -- With the end of daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov.4 at 2 a.m., N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey urges North Carolinians of this life-saving habit: When you change your clock this weekend, remember to change the battery in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm.

"A working smoke alarm cuts the chance of dying in a house fire in half," said Commissioner Causey. "Prevention is the first step in protecting our families from fire and it only takes a few minutes to see if your smoke alarm battery or carbon monoxide battery is in working condition," said Commissioner Causey. "It's worth the time."

During the 2018 Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, which runs from Nov. 5-11, Commissioner Causey encourages residents to learn how to safely maintain and service your fuel burning appliances, which are often the culprits in carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is often called the invisible killer because it is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely.

In the home, heating and cooking equipment are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.

So far in 2018, there have been 117 fire deaths in North Carolina. The majority of those fires happened in homes without the presence of a working smoke alarm or a carbon monoxide detector.

The National Fire Protection Association provides these safety tips that you can use in your community to promote carbon monoxide awareness:

For more safety tips and information about Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, visit your fire department's website or go to www.ncdoi.com/fireprevention.

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