Time to Change Your Batteries!

11 Mar



I’m a day late on getting this posted, but the weekend got away from me!  Hopefully, you all changed your clocks yesterday, unless you live in AZ like me.  I hope that you also changed your smoke alarm batteries as well.

Here is a message from Safe Kids Worldwide:

When it’s time to “spring forward” and change the clocks on Sunday, March 10, make sure to change the batteries in all of your smoke alarms. If batteries were recently changed, it’s still very important to conduct your monthly test of your smoke alarms. It could save a life!

Did you know that having a working smoke alarm reduces a person’s chance of dying in a fire by half?

For the best protection, install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted high on walls or ceilings and tested monthly.

It’s important to replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, unless they’re 10-year lithium batteries. Even if your smoke alarms are hardwired, replace the batteries in case of a chirping sound or a power outage.

Reminder: Smoke alarms do not last forever. The maximum life span is 8-10 years. After that time, the entire unit should be replaced. If the unit does not respond properly when tested, it should be replaced immediately.

Here is a link to more Fire Safety Resources: http://www.safekids.org/safety-basics/safety-resources-by-risk-area/fire-burn-and-scalds/

Now that my kids are older and do regular fire drills at school, we plan to start doing them at home as well.  We will designate a meeting spot outside the house and talk about different ways to get out of the house.

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