Recently one of our smoke alarms at home began to chirp… the sound that tells you the battery is low and it needs to be replaced.  As happens with smoke alarms, it was 4 a.m. and the chirping alarm belonged to the one that’s the hardest to reach. We were a bit grumpy by the time we got the chirping to stop. As we turned on the television to watch the morning news, they were reporting that a fire had destroyed a family home.  All of the people got out okay, but not their pets. Our hearts ached for this family. We counted our blessings that we only had the inconvenience of waking up early…not to a house fire, but simply a smoke alarm telling us to replace a battery. We put new batteries in all five of our smoke alarms that day.


According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) someone in the United States dies in a house fire every three hours, averaging approximately 3,000 deaths each year.  Arm yourself with the right equipment to help prevent a small self-contained fire from spreading out of control.


Don’t be a statistic. Be Safe.


Here are a few tips that can help shield your family from danger at home.


·       Replace Smoke Alarms every 10 years

·       Place a fire extinguisher within reach on every level of your home

·       Install carbon monoxice alarsm on each floor and near bedrooms

·       Create an escape plan with your family


Farm Bureau members are fortuante to have Grainger as a member benefit provider.  Members can receive 10% off plus free shipping on everything they order at Not just smoke alarms but fire extinguishers, carbon monoxide detectors and a wide variety of home improvement items.



 Editor’s note: For more information on our member benefits including our regional benefits go to Arizona Farm Bureau’s member benefits page online. Or, download the Member Benefits app to your smart phone for easy, everyday access to your benefits.