Although they’re not a sexy item or even a stylish one, working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are essential items for every single home! Here are the guidelines for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.
We don’t normally say that EVERY home needs a certain furniture piece or other so-called must have item. But we’re not joking when we say that every single home NEEDS to have the right amount of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors for the levels and size of the home!
Guidelines for Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are one of the first things you should install/inspect when you move to a new home. You want to make sure you have the proper number of working devices in your home. At the time of writing, it is recommended to have a smoke alarm in every bedroom as well as smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home. Something that most of us don’t do but that is essential is to test each alarm monthly. And you should also change the batteries at least once a year (or immediately if they start chirping at you!). Most people time this with the time change of Spring Forward and/or Fall Back, just for ease of remembering. Something else we’ve learned from moving a few times too is to check the expiration dates on your alarms and replace by the expiry date indicated.
Tragedies are one of those things we don’t want to think about, but you never know when a smoke or carbon monoxide alarm could save your life!
First Alert’s NEW Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
For this post, we had the pleasure of being introduced to the following alarms from the new First Alert line of safety equipment.
We also received one of each to review – and they’re fabulous!
The speaking smoke/carbon monoxide alarm makes it so much easier – not to mention less annoying – to decipher what exactly the alarm is trying to alert you and your family to. No more trying to guess if the batteries are just dead or if there’s actually a problem.
You may just save the fire department coming to change a dying battery! (Ask me how I know that one!)
And the ATOM smoke alarms are so stinking small – smaller than an egg! – that they blend right in with the decor. Which is a bit of a bonus for this design conscious girl.
Safety for our family, and everyone who spends time in our home is very important. But if it can be cute too, than I’m all the happier!
Do you have the correct alarms for every level in your house? Have you checked the batteries and expiry dates of your alarms? What about testing – when was the last time you tested your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors?