‘Fall back’ and take steps to keep your family safe. When you set your household’s clocks back an hour this weekend, Tod Pritchard with Wisconsin Emergency Management hopes you’ll keep a couple other items in mind: check the batteries in your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. And if you don’t have the latter, consider getting one.
The need for CO2 detectors was driven home by the death of a couple in their Walworth County home, of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. “People call it the silent killer and that is very true,” said Pritchard, the state’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “It’s tasteless, it’s odorless, it’s colorless. And unfortunately, it kills very quickly.” You can learn more about smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on-line at readywisconsin.wi.dot.gov.