Did you know...?

Saturday, January 7, 2012

...That your smoke detector has a limited lifespan?

I didn't.

According to the US Fire Administration (a division of FEMA), you should replace your smoke detector batteries at least once a year, but you should replace the ENTIRE UNIT every 8-10 years! [HOWEVER - some types of alarms will expire at 5-7 years, so make sure you read the specific manufacturer instructions for your model.]

Here is the US Fire Administration's page with helpful information on installing and caring for smoke alarms in your home.

You should also know the difference between an ionization alarm, and a photoelectric alarm, and which is best for your needs (or a dual-sensor alarm).

And while you're at it, if you don't have a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home, time to install those, too! We found some great plug-in units (with battery backup) at Costco that we've been using - no need to install on the ceiling, just find an empty outlet.

And I can't believe I haven't posted yet about radon and radon testing - shame on me!...My story coming soon!