Just like the milk in your fridge or your car registration, your home’s life safety products have an expiration date. They might not say so on the devices, but they do need to be maintained and replaced. If you think about how much technology has changed over the years, it’s mindboggling what humanity has been able to come up with. From the covered wagon to the locomotive and the first silent films to today’s cinematic epics, there are always improvements being made. So if we’re so eager to replace and update our cars, our entertainment devices, and our clothing, why we are hesitant to update our life security products? After all, they are far more important in the grand scheme of things because their purpose is to keep us alive. If we’re not maintaining our smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, and other emergency devices, we may as well not have them at all.
Maintenance of Fire Safety Products
To maintain your fire safety products, make sure that your smoke alarms are regularly inspected and tested. It’s recommended that you test them as often as once a month by pressing the “test” button. If they ever fail to respond when you do this, then the device is malfunctioning and needs to be repaired. Replace batteries as often as necessary – at least once a year, unless you have a very new unit – and then replace each unit at least every 10 years. If your home is older than that, chances are the smoke detectors are older, too. An outdated device may or may not work in a moment of emergency, and who wants to take that chance? Also, it’s a good idea to update your whole fire safety plan and make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and smoke alarms in every room. To make the whole system be optimally safe, have the smoke detectors in your home interconnected. That way when goes off, the rest go off and you have more time to escape.
Maintenance of Carbon Monoxide Safety Products
Carbon monoxide safety is really solely dependent on carbon monoxide alarms or CO alarms. These devices are able to detect the concentration of CO in the atmosphere of your home, warning you with an audible ring when the concentration approaches levels that are dangerous to your health. They’ll also have a visual indicator; some will have a sheet that changes color due to the chemical reaction while others have a digital reading showing the carbon monoxide ppm. So make sure your CO alarms are up to date, regularly checked out, and working as they should because without them, you could be overcome and lose your life to this poisoning gas. Additionally, you can practice life safety habits by reducing your own contribution to the CO in your home by following these tips: have all fuel-burning devices inspected annually, don’t run the car in the garage for long periods of time, have your heater inspected annually, don’t use a generator inside, and follow the instructions for the proper use of all fuel-burning appliances.
Life safety products can only help you to the extent that they are maintained and cared for. So make sure that you’re doing your part to keep them maintained so that they can do their part to keep you safe in your own home.