It is extremely important to change the batteries in your smoke detectors at least twice a year. An easy way to remember this is "change your clocks, change your batteries!" Testing your detectors every month is also important, even if the batteries are new, a detector can fail so don't hesitate to use those "test" buttons and be sure that the detector alarms.
Smoke Detectors need to be located on each floor of your home and outside of sleeping areas. Many smoke detector manufactures recommend replacing you smoke detector every 10 years even if they test fine! If you need help testing your smoke detectors please contact us and we will send someone to help you.
Every home needs to have fire extinguishers and you need to know how to use them. There are very good video's available on YouTube to show you how to use an extinguisher. To learn more about types of fire extinguishers visit Fire Extinguisher 101.
One of the newer life safety devices is a Carbon Monoxide (CO) Detector. Every home should have at least 1 CO detector located outside of the sleeping areas. Ideally each floor of the home should have a CO detector.
Be sure to read and follow the installation instructions that come with each CO detector as each manufacturer has specific recommendations for their unit. It is not recommended to install the CO detector too close to gas stoves and other gas burning appliances since many will give off a small amount of CO when 1st turned on. For more information you can visit Homesafe.com.