Safety is always the number one priority, especially when it comes to our aging parents. The risk factors are further multiplied if our Elderly are often forgetful, suffer from dementia, use tobacco products, candles, fireplace, stove, furnace or similar equipment and appliances.

Keeping safety as the top priority in mind, January, being the beginning of a new year, is a perfect time to help Mom and Dad change all batteries in their Home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Some homes are equipped with many other types of detectors, of course, but these two are a must. 

Is Mom’s Home Equipped with Proper Smoke and Monoxide Detectors?

Just in case you wonder if Mom’s Home is equipped with proper detectors and if they are installed in optimal locations, here is a link to an independent and trusted organization, namely Consumer Reports, which offers a visual representation entitled “Where To Place Alarms to Get The Best Coverage of Your Living Space”.

If you feel that their Home could use a new detector or two, here is a link to Consumer Reports page, that shows 9 different, top-rated models of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and their respective pricing.

Do Batteries Have to be Changed in Hardwired Detectors?

Please note that even if the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are hardwired, they still should have a battery inside which serves as a backup source of energy when power is out. These batteries should be changed in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. As a general rule, performing the whole Home-battery-change in January, you will never have to remember when was the last time the batteries were replaced. 

In addition, such equipment should be tested to make sure it functions properly. Doing such tests right after the batteries are changed is the best practice. Lastly, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be vacuumed regularly as dust and paper dust have tendency to settle into the crevices of such equipment and obstruct their optimal functionality.

Everyone Will Sleep Better

Those two devices can save lives and many sleepless nights. We promise you that everyone, especially the Family members who often worry, will enjoy a better night of sleep when Mom and Dad’s Home is well-equipped with smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, when those detectors are tested and vacuumed regularly, and when their batteries are changed every January.

Talk to your loved one today about Home safety tips related to smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Stay tuned! In future articles, we will discuss the best practices for planning Home evacuation routes.

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