Safety first!

New Year means new batteries for those long forgotten, life saving devices called smoke alarms. It’s so easy to take them for granted; ignoring the battery low signals, or even removing the batteries altogether when the gadget acts up on us.  Hardly a good choice when you think of the reason we have them in the first place.  Here are a few things to keep in mind to be sure your smoke alarm continues to perform and keep you and your family safe!

  1. Change the back-up batteries every year.
  2. Check the EXPIRY DATE. Yes, they have one and yes that is one more thing to be concerned about.
  3. Never deactivate them while cooking.
  4. At least every few months, clean the dust from the alarm and push the test button.
  5. If you don’t have one, get one!
  6. Practice a fire drill with your family, an easy-to-remember escape route and meeting place outside.

David Moss