When we burn dinner and the alarm goes off, we act instantly waving towels and blankets but, what happens if it were to remain silent? We should treat a quiet detector as important as a buzzing one. U.S. Fire Deaths have decreased in the past 10 years and now cities like our hometown of Baltimore have programs that give away and install FREE smoke and CO2 detectors (click here for more info). Yet, last December many of us had to fight back tears when we read about a fire that killed 2 children just days before Christmas. Then in January- a TRAGIC story was told of 6 children dying in a single house fire.
I don't want to feed you more stories but, I don't want to spout off "fire death statistics" treating each of these cases as a number.
As a Father I can only recommend we swallow the lump in our throats and take the inititive to help our families and neighbors.
Please join me in spreading the word:- November 5th, 2017 is daylight savings.
Change your clocks/ Check your Batteries.
Twice per year we get a reminder to test and check one of the the best life saving device in our homes.
Each time the clocks change, you should change your batteries. Don't hesitate over the cost, don't compare "hardwired" vs. battery operated--- CHANGE THE BATTERIES!
*most take a 9V
While you are there- inspect the Smoke Detectors:
1. Replace all Smoke/ CO2 Detectors every 10 years (manufacturer date should be inside).
2. Make sure they are clean and clear of dust- lightly vacuum if possible then test afterwards.
3. Always make sure there is no paint on the Detectors.
4. Push the button and test. If you Smoke Detector is hardwired- the other alarms in the house should go off.
Share these tips with your neighrbors and friends. If you know of someone unable to check their own Smoke/ CO2 Detectors- lend a helping hand and offer to do it for them. If you cannot do this- please, let us know and we can try to get someone out for free.
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