We should always be aware of fire threats and carbon monoxide poisoning, but it is especially important during this time of year as we begin to spend more time indoors. October is the perfect month to make sure your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order.
You should test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and replace the batteries once a year at a minimum. The National Safety Council recommends replacing smoke detectors every 10 years and carbon monoxide detectors every five years.
Working detectors provide an important layer of protection for you and your family...especially when there is a fire or a carbon monoxide leak in the middle of the night. (Carbon monoxide is a colorless and odorless gas that is undetectable by humans.)
Finally, it’s recommended you have an escape plan if an alarm goes off. Knowing how you and your family are going to get out of your home and where you are going to meet when you are outside can save precious time, helping avoid serious injury or death.