Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery

As Terry mentioned, this Saturday we fall back, and as such, it is the second time this year we need to swap out our smoke alarm battery.

We all know smoke detectors can save lives when working properly. It is important to test your smoke detectors (PLURAL) each month to assure they are in working order. I am sure many of us do this most nights when cooking, but if not, get out the broomstick and give the little test button a push.

Unfortuantely many times fires start, smoke detectors are in place, yet the detectors never sound. Maybe someone took the battery for a remote control or some other device, or removed the battery to stop the chirping or maybe they were going to replace it and forgot. Maybe their cooking skills set the detector off one too many times. Whatever the reason, it doesn't matter when you have fire and don't know it because the detector sits upon the ceiling, silent and uncaring because someone removed the battery.

To combat this problem, every spring and every fall, when you change your clocks, change out the battery in your smoke detectors (PLURAL). There should be one on every floor of your house and for those in apartments, have at least two, one in your sleeping area, one outside it.

Like with so many other things in life, smoke detectors do not last forever. The life of a smoke detector is approximately 10 years. If your smoke detector is 10 years old or older, replace it. If you have recently moved into an older house or apartment, replace it. Do you trust your life with the previous owners/tenants?

For more information, please visit the United States Fire Administration's website:


1 comment:

  1. Let's not forget to take the opportunity to replace the battery in the C02 detector too!


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