Weston, Mass. – Smoke and CO Detectors Save Lives
On November 4, Weston, Mass. residents will turn their clocks back an hour. When you turn yours back, remember to replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well.
Test Your Detectors Monthly
Alarms save lives, but they only work when they are operational. And testing is the only way to ensure they are operational. The National Fire Protection Association recommends monthly testing.
Put reminders on your calendar to test your detectors on the same day each month to make it easy to remember. Alternatively, you could choose a particular weekend each month (first or second, for example).
Replace Batteries Annually
Waiting for your devices to start chirping could lead to disaster. Replace your batteries every time you turn your clocks back in November, and you will ensure your detectors will have the power to protect you all year round.
Be sure to choose a quality replacement battery and do not use rechargeable ones.
Remember to replace the battery backup in hardwired detectors as well. When the power goes out, you will need backup to keep your loved ones safe.
Lithium batteries cannot be replaced. Detectors with these long-life batteries should be tested monthly and replaced when they no longer work.
Replace Alarms Every 10 Years
Every smoke and CO detector should have a date of manufacture on the back of the alarm. Detectors should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture because dust can accumulate on the sensors over time and make a device less sensitive.
Consult the manufacturer of your lithium-battery-operated alarms to find out how often they should be replaced. Even if they appear fully operational, you should replace according to the manufacturer’s recommendations so your detectors will not let you down when you need them.
Check Your Fire Extinguishers
While you are checking your detectors, you should look at your extinguishers too. Did you know Kidde had a recall last year? Consult this page to see if your model was on the list.
You should also make sure all adults know how to operate your extinguishers in the event of a fire in your home or business. Children should be advised to vacate the property and leave the extinguishing for adults.
Here at SERVPRO of Waltham/Weston/Watertown/Wayland, we routinely see the effects of fire on families and businesses. While we are always here to help with fire restoration services, we never wish this destruction on anyone. Please take the time to check your detectors and replace them if appropriate.
Smoke and CO detectors save lives and property. The time it takes to keep them properly maintained is nothing compared to the time you would spend recovering from a fire or kicking yourself for not being better prepared.