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With so many things on our plates as parents and adults to manage, I feel like sometimes the smallest things can go unfinished without even realizing it. We have that mental list of to do’s for months that we keep telling ourselves we need to get done, but never do. For example, I have a light in my living room that needs a particular bulb that I have forgotten to get at the store for MONTHS now…only to be remembered when I need it most. However, the one thing you absolutely cannot put off is staying on top of your Fire Alarms and Carbon Monoxide alarms in your house. The most sobering of realities hit my area recently when a family of four down the road from me all died one night in their sleep from Carbon Monoxide poisoning–they did not have an alarm installed in their house. The young man went to high school 1/2 mile from my house…all lives changed in one night because of an oversight and busy parents that probably just didn’t realize they’d forgot. Months before this, my neighbor’s home caught on fire in the middle of the night and I still drive by it daily charred and being slowly remodeled.
The sobering reality to all this isn’t meant cast blame, but I pass this message along because it can happen to anyone. Take this moment and this gentle reminder to go test your fire alarms, check your Carbon Monoxide detector and make sure it has batteries and is installed in your home. Taking that extra step to protect your family so that another tragedy doesn’t hit in the event of an unlikely fire.
Recently, I got the opportunity to try out First Alert 10-Year Sealed Battery Alarms with Voice Location Technology, which was extremely ironic because, like many, my husband and I realized that we had not plugged in our Carbon Monoxide detector. The tragedy in our area was a harsh reminder that we had to do that IMMEDIATELY and First Alert was on our doorstep just a few days before ready to install (talk about perfect timing).
We busted that thing out immediately and got the First Alert alarms set up in the living room and in the hallway where all three bedroom doors meet. It took a matter of minutes to set up and in no time I had more peace of mind.
Did you know First Alert has voice and location technology available in certain First Alert alarms?
Studies show that voice and location technology helps children wake up when there’s an emergency in the house (source: Journal of Pediatrics 2018). Maternal voice alarms woke 86 to 91% of children, prompting 84 to 86% to successfully escape procedure within five minutes of the alarm’s onset. That’s compared to 53% of kids waking to the standard alarm and 51% escaping. Crazy, huh!? But makes total sense!! It’s so reassuring to know that First Alert considered ways to wake heavy sleepers, like my kids, wake up faster in an emergency because every second counts!
Even better than voice and location technology is that the First Alert alarm has a 10 year sealed battery that offers hassle-free protection and keeps your family protected for a decade! No more climbing up on the ladder to change batteries or the annoying inevitable middle the night battery chirps that have you ready to scream!
You can now protect your house and rest assured that your family is ready for anything with the help of First Alert.
Common Safety Tips to Remember:
Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and in every bedroom of your home.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms regularly.
Replace batteries every six months or upgrade to 10-year sealed battery alarms to eliminate the need for battery replacements for the life of the alarm.
Alarms don’t last forever, remember to replace your alarms at least every ten years
Plan and practice an escape route with your family.
Seriously, don’t put this off even one more day…check those alarms and detectors and get this done so your family doesn’t have to worry about another preventable tragedy.