Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors were created and designed to alert you and your family of potential danger. Too often, we take them for granted – ignoring the annoying “chirps” and “beeps”, taking the batteries out to use elsewhere, and not maintaining the devices. When these gadgets detect too much smoke or dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in a room, pay attention! They aid in protecting both your family and your property.
Use these quick and easy tips to make sure your devices are working efficiently and keeping your home safe:
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 50-80% of fire related deaths are directly related to smoke inhalation. That’s a pretty scary statistic! Be sure your home is covered properly, and install smoke detectors inside every bedroom, in any enclosed area (like sheds) outside, on each level of your home on the ceiling, and at least 10 feet from cooking appliances. Installing smoke detectors near doors, ducts and windows will decrease the chances that they will work properly.
First, you need to know exactly what produces carbon monoxide. Gas ranges, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, gas clothes dryers, and heating systems and vehicles are the most common outlets for carbon monoxide. This is the “silent killer” because this potentially dangerous gas is odorless and colorless. Small amounts of carbon monoxide in your home can lead to shortness of breath, headaches and nausea. Longer exposure to large amounts can cause fainting…and even death.
Your family and property are priceless. Taking better care of your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors will help in keeping them free from danger. We all get annoyed with the “chirps” from our detectors, but that sound could save your life or your home one day. Regular maintenance will keep your family safer and your home protected.