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Put a smoke alarm check on your spring cleaning list



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By Lynne McChristian, I.I.I. Non-resident scholar and media spokesman

Oh, ours! Season of renewal, new beginning, flowers in bloom and new batteries in the smoke alarm. Yes, you have probably overlooked the last item, so here's a reminder to put it on the spring list.

Check that the batteries are red in the smoke alarm. Most homes have a smoke alarm, but if you do not check it regularly, you cannot be sure it works. It's one of the out-of-sight-out-of-mind things, so here's a reminder to let your residential or business alarm appear.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) of every five residential fire deaths were due to fires in homes without smoke alarms or in homes where the smoke alarm did not work. NFPA also points to missing or disconnected batteries as the cause of unusable smoke alarms. Dead batteries cause 25 percent of smoke alarm errors.

The screaming sound you hear at night? It's not spring's first robin. It is the smoke alarm battery that warns you that it is time for a change. And if your smoke alarm is over 1

0 years, replace the entire alarm. It is cheap protection that is worth every cent.

Most insurance companies offer discounts for smoke alarms, especially monitored systems. Once you have checked the batteries and / or upgrades your smoke alarm, contact your insurer for any discount. It can be a small amount, but the alarm itself is great protection – for every season.


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