A new year means new batteries
Don’t know the last time you tested your smoke and CO alarms? They’re overdue for your attention.
SMOKE ALARMS On the first day of each month, press the test buttons to ensure they’re working properly. Alarms need replacing every 10 years—the date is printed on the back. Opt for new ones with 10-year batteries, and you never have to change them; otherwise you need new batteries every year. Install detectors on every level of your house, including in the basement, in every bedroom, and in outside sleeping areas.
CO ALARMS These sense the odorless but deadly gas created when gas or wood burns without enough oxygen. Place detectors everywhere you have a smoke alarm. And take these precautions: Don’t warm up cars in the garage (even with the garage door open), and be sure the vents for gas-powered dryers and ovens don’t become blocked by snow.
Thanks to Jim Narva, executive director, National Association of State Fire Marshals.