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Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors!

It’s the hardest weekend of the year for parents of small children. We lose an hour of sleep though our kids never quite get that, do they? Despite the fact that you may be grumpy and overtired come (early) Sunday morning, you need to remember to do something other than feed your children.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors!

It is suggested that you change the batteries in your smoke detectors when Daylight Saving Time begins (and/or when it ends). You should also be testing your smoke detectors once a month by pressing that obnoxiously loud but life-saving little button. If you’re not, start doing so now. But change your batteries this weekend. It’s not that hard. I promise you.

The truth is that sixty-five percent of reported home fire deaths in 2000-2004 resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. (USFA) And of those, 43% were without a smoke detector all together. While those fancy pants ones are a bit expensive, the truth is that a regular, working smoke detectors can save lives. Furthermore, in places like Los Angeles, it is the law to have smoke detectors in all sleeping rooms. Did you know that? Do you know the laws of your city or state? If you don’t have one, please go out and purchase one today. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, give your local fire department a call and ask if they have a program to provide smoke detectors free of charge. If you’re unsure of where to install yours or how to change the batteries, give them a call as well.

I want all of our readers to be safe and having a working smoke detector is part of that! So change those batteries and try to catch up on some sleep!

5 replies on “Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detectors!”

Good info Jenna, but I do have a couple of things to add. First, some newer smoke alarms are equipped with a “long life battery”. While these are supposed to last up to 10 years, it is still VERY important to check the batteries monthly. Second, most municipalities have adopted some kind of code (usually the International Fire Code or NFPA’s Life Safety Code), which requires smoke alarms in all sleeping areas, the path of egress away from those rooms and on every floor of the house, including the basement. Third, yes, some smoke alarms can be expensive, but most can be purchased for around $5. Even though there is some debate about which type is better (photoelectric or ionic), both save lives.
Have a Great Weekend!

I was reading about the long life battery ones earlier today. Testing monthly, of course, is totally key for ANY smoke detector. You just don’t know how quickly your battery is going to die. Gone for the day? The weekend? The week? Check it monthly!

Thanks for your comments!

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