One Simple Change Could Save Your Life
Changing smoke detector batteries can be a hassle, between remembering to complete the task each year, potentially having to climb ladders and reach locations high on the ceilings around your home and even having enough replacement batteries on hand - it's an essential task that can save lives, but far too often is neglected by many homeowners.
Smoke detectors are a critical safety feature in any home, but they can fail to detect smoke or sound an alarm if not properly maintained. The National Fire Protection Association recommends testing your smoke detectors monthly and changing the batteries at least once a year. Additionally, the NFPA recommends pairing this important task with the time change occurring each year around Spring Day Light Saving time (Change Clocks / Change Batteries).
Of course, many homeowners are busy or don't remember to complete this vital recurring maintenance task. Most of us wait until we hear the telltale 'Chirp' alert before remembering to change the batteries. There is nothing quite like wandering the house at 3 AM as you try to find which of your fire alarms is chirping - to really reinforce the reminder you need to change your batteries.
Sleep is valuable but safety is paramount. You'll be happy to know we've taken the responsibility of this off your plate. Each Spring we change all of the batteries in every smoke detector for our members. We complete this (and many other important tasks) as part of our Spring Seasonal Recurring Maintenance Program. This crucial task can help ensure your smoke detectors are functioning properly and can alert you in case of a fire.
In addition to changing batteries, it's crucial to ensure that smoke detectors are properly installed and located in the right areas of your home. Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of your home, including the basement, and outside of every sleeping area.
At One Home, we've made recurring maintenance easy to enhance the home ownership process. We create working solutions and provide ongoing support for busy homeowners.
Our goal is to help make your home maintenance stress free. Interested in learning more?