Although only three percent of American homes don’t have fire alarms installed, those homes account for 23 percent of fatal residential fires.*
Even one fatal fire is too many as far as I’m concerned, which is why I’m partnering with Home Depot to talk about fire safety this month.
With the onset of cooler weather, we start to turn on our furnaces, light fires in fireplaces, and overload outlets with holiday lights and lamps. We need to be vigilant all year, but this is the time when it’s especially important to refresh our memories about fire safety.
Be sure that you have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and in each bedroom. There should also be a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on each level.
I’m ashamed to admit that when I was checking my smoke alarm batteries this week, I noticed that the one in my office was dead. I have no idea how long it’s been dead, because they’re hard-wired in and don’t chirp when the batteries die.
I like the chirping smoke detectors. Actually, I hate the chirping sound with all the blackness in my heart, but I respect the fact that they force me to take action (while swearing).
I replaced the battery in my current alarm, but I went ahead and mounted this new one: a Kidde Worry-Free Ten Year Alarm. It even has a voice alarm to help wake sleeping family members (ie. me), but I won’t hear a chirp out of it until the end of its ten year life or if there would be a fire.
For the first time ever, I also put a CO alarm in my house: the Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm. I honestly thought I didn’t need one before because the furnace in this house is electric, but I realized that I often burn fires in my fireplace so I do need the alarm!
This one also has a ten year battery and can be mounted on the wall or propped on a shelf. Since it’s just me that needs to hear it and I have a perpetual problem with my ears being clogged, I put it right on my nightstand.
Again, I hope not to hear from my CO alarm until the end of its life, but it’s designed to detect the presence of CO before an emergency, so if it should sound with a series of successive beeps, I’ll know to take immediate action.
The Home Depot is the destination for all of your fire safety needs. They carry a full assortment of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, combination alarms, fire extinguishers and more.
The Home Depot is hosting its own Do-It-Yourself Electrical Updates workshop on October 19th in stores around the country! Learn how to install a smoke alarm, create an escape plan and learn to test your home’s electrical safety.
Register online at http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/do-it-yourself-workshops
One lucky reader will receive a smoke alarm and a Life+Gear fire safety night light from Home Depot.
*(source: U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Incident Reporting System)
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