A couple of weeks ago, I was startled by the loud chirp of a smoke detector in my house. After playing the game of “which one is it?”, standing in every room to listen for the loud BEEP, I found the culprit. I carried on the normal routine of finding new batteries, opening the battery compartment, removing the old batteries, and then glanced down to see a sticker that read, “REPLACE IN 10 YEARS” with a manufacturing date of 16 JULY 2009.
Neither my wife Kristi or I had never thought about the need to replace the whole smoke detector, as we are so used to replacing batteries and calling it good. So, we’ve now purchased a new smoke detector and checked our others for expiration dates.
This serves as a reminder to check your smoke detectors, for both batteries and manufacturing dates. Check out these facts from the U.S. Fire Administration:
- Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
- More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
Take care of your family and home by checking your detectors today.
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