Testing your smoke alarms is the easiest New Year resolution to make and (crucially!) keep. A fully functioning alarm will detect and warn you of danger long before you see flames or smell smoke.
This year, commit yourself to an achievable and valuable goal, and resist the pull of the discounted gym membership. (Because be honest, you won’t go.)
Regular testing is important, so select a regime you can stick to. Testing your smoke alarm first thing on a Monday morning is a routine you can remember.
Hop up on a chair, or grab a broom handle, and push the test button.
Don’t hear anything? The batteries are dead, so change them. If it’s not the batteries, you will need to replace the alarm itself.
In any case, change the batteries approximately every six months, even if they appear to be working fine. For example, twice a year in spring and autumn, when the clocks change.
Not checking the alarm and replacing it as needed can be a costly mistake.
We bring so many hazardous items into our homes and offices, so what’s one more hero gadget? In that first flush of January sale-spending, include an affordable smoke alarm.
A basic, battery-operated alarm is cost-effective, and you can pick one up for around a fiver.
Learn Something New
Are you smarter than a 10-year sealed smoke alarm? The sealed design means there is no need to change or worry about a battery – one less cost to consider.
But even if you chose a sealed smoke alarm you still need to check it is working. Just perform a regular check by use of the big test button.
Lastly, remember that you have a responsibility to your employees, your tenants, your family, housemates, pet gecko….
Exercise your philanthropic muscles and do a good deed, by remembering to test the alarm. Fire safety is everyone’s concern, but don’t leave it to someone else to deal with.
Keep this resolution and you’ll double everyone’s chances of surviving a fire. Stay safe, and have a happy new year!