SAFETY REMINDER: Time to check and replace batteries in fire alarms, CO detectors

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Hillsborough firefighters remind to test and replace batteries in smoke alarms and CO detectors this weekend.

It’s Daylight Savings time this weekend and it is a good annual reminder to check CO detectors and smoke alarms and replace the batteries if needed. This is an important safety measure that can save lives.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, two-thirds of fire deaths occur in homes where there are no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms, Hillsborough firefighters said. The CO detector is important because the carbon monoxide gas is colorless and odorless and can silently poison victims.

In addition to replacing smoke alarm batteries this weekend, the U.S. Fire Administration reminds about these important safety tips:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, both inside and outside any sleeping areas, especially if family members sleep with their bedroom doors closed.
  • Keep smoke alarms clean because dust may prevent them from working properly.
  • Listen for the smoke alarm “chirping” noise, which indicates low battery power. Replace those batteries immediately.
  • Replace smoke alarms about every 10 years.

Residents of unincorporated Hillsborough County who do not have a smoke alarm may be eligible to have a free one installed. For more information please call Nacole Revette, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, at (813) 272-6600.

ALSO REMEMBER to reschedule your sprinkler system:

All watering must be done before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m., Hillsborough officials remind. The restrictions apply to most water sources, including private wells, ponds or lakes that are used as alternate irrigation supplies. The schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as the City of Tampa:

Here is the schedule for watering established lawns and landscaping in unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as the City of Tampa:

  • Addresses ending in 0, 1, 2, or 3 – Mondays and Thursdays
  • Addresses ending in 4, 5, or 6 – Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Addresses ending in 7, 8, or 9 – Wednesdays and Saturdays
  • Locations with no address (common areas) and locations with mixed addresses (such as office complexes and shopping centers) – Wednesdays and Saturdays



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