Spring Forward … Save Your Life
Well, we changed the clocks a few weeks back and I must say I am enjoying the extra daylight. I feel a little more motivated and very anxious for the warmer weather to arrive.
During the time of changing our clocks, we are reminded to change the batteries in our smoke detectors. So how many of you actually did? Although we are reminded, we don’t always do it at the time and then the weeks and months pass. Fortunately for this woman, she had working smoke detectors and they saved her life!
The Government of Canada shares these tips about smoke detectors:
- Install smoke alarms outside each bedroom and sleeping area, and on each level of your home, including the basement.
- Read and follow every step of the manufacturer’s directions when you install your smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms every month to make sure that they are working properly.
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions for cleaning your smoke alarms.
- Change the batteries as often as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Replace any smoke alarms that are more than ten years old.
- Investigate any false alarms and have an escape plan in case of a real fire.
It’s hard to imagine a fire starting and having to evacuate quickly. But it is worth having a family meeting every now and again to review and discuss the proper action and escape plan. At that time, check the smoke detectors! It’s best to be proactive rather than react with panic and fear. And, of course, consider first aid training – certified or non-certified – to help with any injuries that may happen. As the old saying goes: better safe than sorry.
Keep your home safe and keep your family members and pets safe as well!