Home safety encompasses all sorts of areas. But two of the most important and often overlooked safety measures are fire and carbon monoxide alarms. Here’s how to equip your house with the latest in these home safety tools.
It may not be a pretty, or glamorous thing to talk about. But fire and carbon monoxide safety is one of those things that MUST be talked about anyway. And if you’ve read about it before, please don’t let your eyes glaze over. Please don’t move on to the next thing on your to-do list, until you’ve read this post. Fire and CO safety in your home is not negotiable, and I have a solution below to make it easier to set up and maintain.
Smoke & Fire Safety
According to the Canadian National Fire Information Database, 80 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, often due to missing alarm batteries or expired alarms.
I’m pretty sure that every one of us knows someone who has lost their home in a house fire.
Think about that for a second. Imagine losing your home to a fire. Your photos, important documents, files, treasured possessions and oh-so many memories. And heaven forbid you lose a pet…or family member.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that smoke alarms be installed on every level of the home, including the basement, inside each bedroom and in the main corridors.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Safety
Another home safety hazard is the lack of CO alarms.
CO poisoning is the number one cause of accidental poisoning in Canada and is responsible for more than 300 deaths each year. CO alarms are the only way to detect and protect your family from this poisonous gas.
Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless and colorless gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove or car. And if you don’t have proper alarms in place, it is even more dangerous.
More than one-third (35%) of Canadian homes do not have a CO detector installed. Even though carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on each level of the home and in a central location outside each bedroom.
My cousin died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a friend’s house many years ago, when he was 20 and I was only 17.
It is an awful thing to lose someone. I dare say, it’s worse to lose them to something that could possibly have been prevented.
Due to my cousin’s death, carbon monoxide has been one of those things that’s been on my home safety radar for my entire adult life. Please don’t let it be something that you think about only after something bad happens to someone you care about.
A Home Safety Solution that Works
On one hand, I can’t fathom a fire burning out of control or having carbon monoxide in our home and not know about it, because the alarm batteries were dead. But then…life…and busy-ness. And just plain forgetfulness. I KNOW that on at least one occasion I’ve checked on our fire alarm only to find dead batteries. Talk about a panic to get them changed!
Some suggest changing fire alarm batteries twice a year, in time with spring forward and fall back. A.K.A. when you change your clocks for the Daylight Savings time change. And that’s a great idea, if that or some other life events cause you to take action with regularity.
But I have a better idea.
Well, First Alert has a better idea.
10-year sealed battery alarms!
One of the greatest advancements in alarm technology in recent years has been the development of new 10-year sealed battery alarms.
With 10-year sealed battery alarms, homeowners no longer need to remember to replace batteries for the life of their alarms. Plus, 10-year alarms eliminate the risk of ever having an alarm deactivated due to battery removal.
The tamperproof, sealed lithium battery powers the alarm for a full 10 years, eliminating costly battery replacements and annoying low battery chirps.
And of course, First Alert offers several smoke and CO alarms equipped with 10-year sealed lithium batteries.
What a great way to keep your home and loved ones safe, without the stress of having to remember to change the batteries every six months!
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So, tell me in the comments below, is your home equipped with up to date fire and carbon monoxide alarms? Or is it something you need to look after (ASAP)?