Disclosure: This post is sponsored by First Alert.
I swear it never fails, if my smoke alarm is going to tell me it’s battery is low, it always decides to do so at 4 o’clock in the morning. And as much as this is a terrible annoyance, I guess it is peace of mind that the detector has been working and keeping myself and my son safe. When these alarms go off, the temptation is often there to just take out the battery and replace it whenever you get around to it or just leaving it unplugged. I know I’ve been there. However, knowing that according to the Canadian National Fire Information Database, 80% of fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms, often due to missing alarm batteries or expire alarms.
In addition to your smoke detector, you should also have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home as well. Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide is an invisible odorless and colorless gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device such as a furnace, boiler, stove or car. With the cooler weather upon us and it’s soon going to be time to switch the heat on in your home, now more than ever is it important to ensure you have a working carbon monoxide alarm in your home as these alarms are the only way to detect and protect your family from this poisonous gas.
With October being Fire Prevention Month, it is a good time to check your home alarms to ensure your alarms are working properly and have not expired and needing to be replaced. If you can’t remember or don’t know how old an alarm is, it is best to replace the entire unit. It’s suggested that you replace the batteries every six months and an easy way to remember to do this is when you turn your clocks ahead/back for Daylight Savings Time.
Recently, there has been a great advancement in alarm technology with the development of new 10-year sealed battery alarms. With these 10-year sealed battery alarms, there is no longer a need to remember to replace the batteries for the life of the alarms. And this also eliminates the risk of every having an alarm deactivated due to battery removal. It is still suggested that you test your alarm every six months, but it does eliminate to unwanted 4 am wake up calls.
First Alert has both a 10-year battery Smoke Alarm but a 10-year battery Carbon Monoxide alarm available for your home. The Smoke Alarm is a low-profile alarm that uses the most advance smoke sensor – providing the highest level of smoke detection while minimizing false alarms. The First Alert Smoke Alarm is half the size of a standard smoke alarm, the detector has a slim, contemporary design with a low profile for easy integration into any home decor.
The First Alert 10-year battery Carbon Monoxide Alarm with digital display, uses and electrochemical carbon monoxide senor – the most accurate technology available – and emits a loud alarm is CO levels are detected at dangerous levels. Design to sit attractively on a tabletop or dresses, this stylish alarm also displays ambient temperature while protecting from CO exposure.
Every year we hear about fire related and carbon monoxide poisoning deaths each year that could have possibly been avoided if only working alarms were in place in the home. More than 1/3 of Canadian homes doe not have a CO detector installed and 67% of Canadian report they they do not replace their alarm alarm batteries every six months. All it takes is a few moments to check and replace batteries or replace outdated alarms to protect you and your family’s safety.
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