Changing batteries in smoke detectors

smoke-alarmI try to remember to change the batteries in my smoke detectors every time I change my clocks to or from daylight savings time. But this week I forgot… did you? I just read about it on the Safe Kids Worldwide web site and said “Oh shoot!” Thanks so much to them for the reminder!

During daylight savings time, Safe Kids Worldwide spreads the message of the importance of fire safety. They offer the tip of whenever there is a time change and you need to change your clocks, also make it a habit to change the batteries in all smoke alarms. If you recently had come up with the thought on your own (good for you!) and your batteries were changed not too long ago, then just conduct a test of your smoke alarms now.

Working smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom are the best protection against fire. Be sure to keep track of the age of your smoke alarms – their maximum life span is 8-10 years. (I usually take a marker and write the date I installed it on the side of the alarm.) After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. I had to pitch two of mine and get new ones yesterday.

Check out the Safe Kids Worldwide web site for more resources on fire safety.

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