Most families these days are pretty busy. I know here we are always on the go. If it’s not something for family or some sort of shopping for this or that it’s bringing this child here for that and this child there for that. It’s a crazy busy life. I love it, but I have to admit, it does sometimes cause me to over look things, like changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. I’m sure I am not the only one this happens too.
When I first move out on my own, I never even looked at the smoke detectors in my apartment. I assumed the landlord had taken care of them and never thought twice. It was something I never seen my parents do (they did I just wasn’t around) so I never was in the mindset it was something I SHOULD be concerned about. Of course today I look back and think I am pretty lucky I never needed to use them! This did however click to me when my daughter was in Pre-K and I helped in class that day. It was Fire Prevention Week and we got to speak to a local firefighter who told us all kinds of things and also told us an alarming statistic.
Thirty-eight percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 24 percent occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate.
As a parent that really scared me. My daily job is to make sure my children are safe. This means keeping them safe when they are in the home as well as out of the home. This year I have joined the Energizer Bunny Brigade and helping share the message. It’s simple.
Change Your Clock Change Your Battery
This is such a simple thing to do. We change out clocks twice a year (spring ahead and fall back), so why not change the batteries in the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. I am NOT saying test them, I am saying change them. Batteries don’t last forever, and let’s face it, when it starts chirping in the middle of the night with a low battery, you half asleep walk over and remove the battery. How many times has this happened? Let’s not add to that scary statistic. I encourage you to get the kids involved. I never knew it would be so interesting to my daughter, but she is right in there with me.. We start at one end and she changes the clocks, and I do the batteries. It’s a little thing that we do together. It may only be twice a year but it’s still something that she looks forward to every year.
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