Although it has been nice to have more time in the day, there’s no doubt we’re all feeling the after effects of daylight saving. While our phones and computers update automatically, you still have to check the car, oven, microwave, and most importantly your smoke detector!
Monitoring your home’s safety methods is more important than ever before. According to Safety Organization UL, the average time to escape a home fire has gone from seventeen to just three minutes or less due to the increased use of synthetics in furniture and home construction.
Two times a year we change our clocks which should also serve as a valuable reminder to switch out the batteries in your fire alarm - according to safety experts. You’ll want to change the batteries in each individual detector and here’s what you’ll need to know in order to do so:
Doing this will not only keep your home alert system up to date but will also avert that purposefully annoying chirping reminder later on. It’s also important to keep in mind that similar to carbon monoxide alarms, smoke detectors lose their efficiency after ten years and require replacing. So be sure to keep an eye out for the date and manufacturer stamp on the device.
Upgrade to the newer lithium battery smoke detectors and you won’t have to worry about replacing the batteries for up to a whole decade! You should also use interconnected smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound as well. The National Fire Protection Association recommends at the minimum, make sure you have one installed in each bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home - including the basement.
With Easter coming up, don’t forget to examine your fire extinguisher as well. Check for corrosion, lost pull-pins, and/or fluctuations in the pressure gauge. It’s always good to have one on hand, especially when attempting to roast your massive glazed holiday ham!