For The Vista
Daylight-saving time, which ends this Sunday, November 4, is a perfect time to ensure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.
When “falling behind” this year be sure to stay one step ahead on fire safety by swapping out the old batteries in those life-saving devices for fresh ones.
Families should also take the time to create or review their fire safety plan. According to statistics from the National Fire Protection Association, 40% of all home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, while nearly one quarter (23%) resulted from homes in which smoke alarms were present but did not operate. Smoke spreads fast; smoke alarms give you time to get out of the house. In fact, working smoke alarms can almost double the chances of surviving a house fire.
Changing the 9-volt alkaline batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and testing the devices help to ensure they are in optimal working condition, and be sure you have a home fire escape plan. Your fire escape plan that should include an escape route and a family meeting spot is very important so that an accountability of family members is in place.
As part of the plan, safety experts recommend you create a fire safety kit. The kit, which needs to be “freshened up” each year, should contain a working flashlight for each family member as well as a supply of fresh batteries.
One and Done
For consumers who prefer not to change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors annually, Rayovac offers a reliable and guaranteed 10-year smoke alarm battery.
Featuring state-of-the-art lithium battery technology which offers a significantly longer shelf life, the Rayovac lithium 9-volt battery is for use in ionization smoke detectors.
Available at Home Depot, the Rayovac 10-year smoke alarm has a higher energy density and flatter discharge voltage curve which extends life and power source for years.
Other smoke alarm safety tips include:
• Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.
• Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone knows their sound. If an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
• Replace smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, including alarms that use 10-year batteries as well as hard-wired alarms, every 10 years, or sooner if they are not responding properly.
• If cooking fumes or steam sets off the smoke alarm, replace it with an alarm that has a “hush” button.
A “hush” button will reduce the alarm’s sensitivity for a short period of time. It is recommended that an ionization alarm with a hush button or a photoelectric alarm be used if the alarm is within 20 feet of a cooking appliance.
• Be sure the smoke alarm has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.