We all have a tendency to think that we will not need these protection devices, but the National Fire Protection Agency reports that 50% of fire related deaths occur in homes without or with nonfunctioning smoke detectors. That is a huge percent! So take a few moments and replace those batteries and install some extra smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These devices help keep us save.First off proper placement is paramount. Smoke detectors should be located in each bedroom and the hallway of the main sleeping areas. One should also be located on each floor, including basement. I personally like the top of stairwells as the smoke is going to travel up.
There are several types of smoke detectors on the market. The new lithium battery operated smoke detectors do not require a replacement battery and are easy to mount on ceilings and walls. As with all smoke detectors they should be mounted at least four inches away from the ceiling wall junction. These detectors have a ten year life span, at which point the entire unit needs a replacement. Most people are unaware that all smoke detectors have an expiration date.
All others use 9 volt batteries; even the ones hardwired to the home electrical system have a 9 volt battery backup. These 9 volt batteries should be replaced every six months as a good way to help ensure they will function as needed. The time change for refreshing batteries is a great habit to get into.
Carbon monoxide detectors are also very important as they protect us from the hidden dangers of the furnace and hot water heaters. These devices give off this lethal gas – a silent killer. Placement in a main living area and also the master bedroom and possibly somewhere in the basement close but not right by the furnace and water heater are good locations.
FEMA has a great resource “10 Easy Tips for Smoke Alarms”
With minimal effort we can protect our loved ones.
CHANGE THOSE BATTERIES!