Each year, residential fires strike 1.3 million American homes. 46% of the fatalities occur between 10pm and 6am; working smoke detectors can provide the precious minutes needed to escape!
Smoke detector batteries should be changed annually... even the back-up batteries on hard-wired units need changing, as electrical fires could render them useless. I change mine every year on New Year's Day, and I'm never disturbed by an annoying chirp in the middle of the night when the batteries run down!
Smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old (or of unknown age) should be replaced, as they become ineffective over time.
The New Year and New Decade is a great time to review your home from a fire safety standpoint. In addition to smoke detectors, you should check fire extinguishers, which also have an expiration date. When was the last time your heating system, fireplace, water heater, and dryer ducts were inspected, cleaned, and maintained?
The links below offer more great tips for preventing fires in your home:
And if the unthinkable should happen, are you financially prepared to deal with crisis? Now would be a great time to review your homeowner's policy- if you haven't looked at it in the last 5 years, it might be time to review your coverage to ensure it's sufficient. My friend Kim Dugey can provide a no-obligation review and let you know if your policy is up to snuff!
Wishing you a happy, prosperous, and safe 2020 and beyond!