Have you replaced the batteries in your carbon monoxide detector recently? Most CO detectors have a life span of five to seven years, but as we head into the winter months, it is especially important to ensure these devices are working properly. Only one in eight families in the United States have a functioning carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide poisoning sends over 20,000 Americans to the hospital every year, and roughly 400 of those people die from the effects.

Read Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s carbon monoxide awareness release below:

As the temperatures continue to drop and Michigan prepares to turn back the clocks on November 1 for Daylight Saving Time, Michiganders are urged to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. To help bring attention to this potentially life-threatening issue, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has declared Oct. 26 – Nov. 1, 2020 as Carbon Monoxide Safety Awareness Week.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur almost anywhere and I hope Michiganders take this time to prepare and prevent this life-threatening issue,” said Governor Whitmer. “Awareness about carbon monoxide safety is a top priority, and Michiganders are encouraged to learn about this poisonous gas and ensure homes and appliances are maintained to protect themselves and loved ones against possible poisoning.” 
“To prepare for winter weather, Michiganders should make sure their heat sources and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order,” said Orlene Hawks, director of the Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. “Being aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide and having a working carbon monoxide alarm is essential to keeping your family safe.”