Baltimore County firefighters remind residents to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 2.

Firefighters across the nation suggest that residents check alarm batteries twice a year – in the spring and fall, at the same time we reset our clocks. This year, we "fall back" to Daylight Saving Time at 2 a.m., Sunday, November 2.

Smoke alarms are the single most important means of preventing house and apartment fire death. They provide an early warning signal if there is a fire so you can escape. Most hardware and home supply stores carry them.

Deadly Odorless Gas

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly odorless, invisible gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. High levels of CO can kill within hours. CO detectors sound an alarm when levels of the gas rise so you can get out of the house, call 911 and discover the source of the problem – before someone becomes ill. Every home should be equipped with CO detectors.

For detailed information, see the Baltimore County Fire Department's fact sheets on their web site under Fire and Life Safety.