Changing Smoke Detector Batteries

By Robert Robillard on Home And Personal Safety

Daylight Savings time Daylight Savings Means Changing Smoke Alarm Batteries

Changing smoke detector batteries is something most people forget to do.  A good way to remember to do this is to time it when you change your clocks for day light savings.   Remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms too.

Daylight Saving Time occurs in November and March .

Placement of smoke Detectors

Place smoke alarms on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside each bedroom. CO alarms should be installed on each level of the home and outside sleeping areas.

Carbon Monoxide Dangers

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that consumers cannot see or smell. An average of 181 unintentional non-fire CO poisoning deaths occurred annually associated with consumer products, including portable generators, from 2004 through 2006. [source CPSC]

which is the best smoke alarmIf you need to purchase new smoke or carbon monoxide detectors you can find great values at Amazon by following the following links:

1.  The Kidde PI9000 Battery-Operated Dual Sensor Smoke Alarm combines photoelectric and ionization sensing technologies into one unit to offer broad detection against smoldering and flaming fires. Experts recommend that for optimal protection you have both types of sensing technology in your home. This smoke alarm’s trademarked Hush feature allows you to silence nuisance alarms, while an indicator LED and test feature let you easily confirm that the alarm is working.

2.  The Kidde-KN-COSM-B-Battery-Operated-Combination-Monoxide combines two important safety devices into a single unit. This alarm includes a voice warning system that announces “Fire, Carbon Monoxide, Low Battery, or Smart Hush Activation.” The voice alarm eliminates any confusion and clearly warns you and your family of a smoke or carbon monoxide danger, or if your battery is in need of replacement. This unit uses three AA batteries, protecting you and your family even during a power outage.

Replace and Upgrade your Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years

Technology gets better every year and if you have a smoke alarm older than 10 years you may be taking a dangerous risk. Older smoke alarms do not operate efficiently as newer models and often susceptible to false alarms. Any smoke alarm that is 10 years or older should be replaced as well, regardless of type.  What you need to know to upgrade your smoke detector

Stay Safe!


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