WASHINGTON (AP) - The switch to daylight-saving time each year is also an occasion for the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to remind Americans to make sure their smoke detectors are working. This year, it's a warning that comes with a fresh reminder of just what can happen otherwise.
Earlier this week, eight children and an adult died in a fire in their two-family home in the Bronx, New York. Authorities say the home had two smoke alarms, but that the batteries were missing. The CPSC and the US Fire Administration are also urging people to take a fresh look at their family's fire escape plan.