Friday Favorite: When Was The Last Time You Replaced Your Smoke Alarm?
Tomorrow is the end of daylight savings time. As you turn back the clocks, it’s also suggested that you replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. In my house, we’ve recently had some issues with our smoke detectors and I’ve learned that they should be replaced every 7-10 years. Not only do the batteries need to be changed, but the entire unit must be replaced. We’ve been in our house 7 years and lately the alarms have been acting funny. They have even gone off in full beeping mode when the batteries are fully charged–ugh. I did some searching and found that battery-powered smoke detectors in general don’t last long, it’s time for us to invest in new ones. I found the Kiddie KN-COSM-B to be a well crafted, good value dual smoke (Ionization and Photoelectric) and carbon monoxide detector. I also like that it is a “Talking Alarm” so it tells you what it’s detecting. Hopefully my kids will wake up to the voice alert as we’ve learned that they don’t even wake up to the loud beeping sound–that’s alarming! So, as you are turning back the clock this weekend, replace the batteries and consider the life span of those smoke detectors as well.