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by Melissa Gilbo, CISR on Mar 02, 2016

Spring is right around the corner!! In most places in the United States, March 13th is Daylight Saving, when clocks are moved forward one hour. I want to remind you it’s also a great time to improve your family’s safety.

Health and safety agencies often use the approach of Daylight Saving Time to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms. The American Red Cross suggests you test your smoke alarm and change the batteries when you change your clocks. It is also a good time to talk with your family about your fire escape plan. Whether you live in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or elsewhere, practice the plan – at least twice a year. Daylight Saving is also a great time to check your emergency preparedness kit to make sure it’s fully stocked with fresh supplies.

Carbon Monoxide is a concern too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 people die annually in the US from carbon monoxide poisoning. The CDC recommends changing the batteries in your CO detectors when moving your clocks forward on Sunday March 13th. The CDC says the most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. See the CDC’s site for more ways to prevent carbon monoxide exposure.

We here at Georgetown Insurance Agency hope these tips help and that you’ll consider sharing them with the people you care about.


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