October 3rd-9th is National Fire Prevention Week. This was of particular interest to me as I just returned home from vacation last week. When I opened the door to my home, I heard a beeping and it was not the home security system. It was actually the Carbon Monoxide detector. Although that is not a smoke detector, Fire Prevention Month is an excellent time to make sure your smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors are functioning properly and have fresh batteries.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that every October during National Fire Prevention Week that you replace the batteries on all the smoke detectors in your home. Here’s what you can do if you are going to replace the batteries in your smoke and/or carbon Monoxide detectors:
1. Count how many detectors you have
2. Check to see what type/size batteries the smoke detectors or Carbon Monoxide detectors need. Also be sure to count how many batteries each detector requires.
3. Write down the number of batteries you need and the size and take the list with you to the store.
4. Finally, install all batteries and toss or recycle the old batteries (see previous post Recycling Batteries on where to recycle batteries.
You can visit the NFPA for more information about fire prevention and safety information.
Here’s to being safe!
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