Change your clock, Change your battery
This month we celebrate National Fire Prevention Month! I had been racking my brain on what to write about when a story literally fell in my lap. My coworker, who shall remain nameless. (Rhymes with Richelle) had an incident recently in her home. She, like me, is very anal about being prepared in case of emergencies. She has a smoke alarm in every room in her house. You can never be too careful. So, my friend, put her baby down for bed and they were both sleeping soundly for about an hour. All of a sudden she was woken by the smoke alarm. She leaped up and scanned the house. Thankfully it was a false alarm and the smoke alarm quit after a minute. The baby still sleeping soundly, she went back to bed. Five minutes late, it went off again. Annoyed, she waited and it stopped again. The cycle repeated until about 2am. By this point, it wouldn't stop. As the alarms were wired into the house, she couldn't just take out the batteries. To give you a visual, mom holding the baby as they both cried. Needless to say, they were both tired and cranky the next day, emphasis on cranky. She did get the alarm to stop after some time, but this is good reminder to us all. It is very important to service your smoke alarms. It may seem like overkill to check them and change batteries every year, but better to be safe. Smoke alarms draw a very low amount of power, then to be loud, they need a good strong supply. If your home is on fire in the middle of the night, you want those alarms to SCREAM at you. Here are some quick tips about servicing your smoke alarms:
- When you change your clocks in the fall, change your batteries
- Skip the rechargeable batteries. Alarm manufacturers do NOT recommend using rechargeable because they lose their charge faster
- Go with a brand name. Why take the risk of using an off brand to save a few bucks?
- Replace you alarm about every 10 years. Sensors get less sensitive as they age.
- Test your alarms monthly. You could get a dud battery or it could get drawn down fast for some weird electrical reason
Posted on October 9th, 2019