Smoke Detector Check Up
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Almost anyone you ask would say smoke detectors are the easiest thing you can do to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number of deaths per 1,000 house fires was double in homes without working smoke detectors or missing smoke detectors than in homes that did have working smoke detectors.
According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International, 2/3 of fire-related deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors or missing smoke detectors.
So how can you protect yourself and your family in the event of a fire? Here are a couple of things you can do to never worry about it.
1. If you don't currently have smoke detectors in your home- install them! The easiest way to be protected is to have the equipment to alert you of danger. Installing smoke detectors is easy and can be done on a budget.
2. If you have smoke detectors, it is recommended that you test them monthly. A monthly test can ensure the smoke detectors are active, functioning, and working properly.
3. Change your batteries in smoke detectors annually. This can be done along with other annual maintenance you are doing in and around your home. Most smoke detectors take a standard 9V battery and it only takes a couple of seconds to swap them out.
4. If you have traditional battery-operated smoke detectors, you can swap them out with a relatively new product - 10-year ION Smoke Detectors. There are several manufacturers that make them. They have a sealed battery and they are good for 10 years once installed. When installing them you just write the install date on the side and that's it. No changing batteries. They do cost a little more than a standard battery or wired smoke detectors but you never have to worry about the battery getting changed. You still should test them regularly but that is the extent of maintenance needed.
Bonus if you get an alarm with carbon monoxide and smoke detection in one!
Where should you have smoke detectors? This simple graphic from the Electrical Safety Foundation International makes it easy to do a checkup on your home. Click the picture for a downloadable page.