The Four Most Important Home Safety Tips to Protect Your Family
By Peggy Jo Goodfellow, Arizona Farm Bureau: Recently one of our smoke alarms at home began to chirp: the sound that tells you your smoke-detector battery is low and needs replacing. It was 4 a.m. and the chirping belonged to the alarm over the stairway, the hardest one to reach. We were a bit grumpy by the time we got the chirping to stop and got downstairs to watch the morning news.
As we turned on the television the news reported a fire had completely 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 to a chirping smoke detector. As a result of our experience and the devastating reminder about house fires on the morning news, we put new batteries in all six of our smoke alarms that day. (Special note: Often, it’s worth the cost to replace all smoke-alarm batteries when just one goes out. You’ll have peace of mind that all batteries are newly replaced.)
According to the National Fire Protection Association (
Don’t be a statistic. Be Safe.
Here are the four most important 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 monoxide alarms on each floor and near bedrooms.
- Create an escape plan with your family.
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