Smoke Alarm and Safety Tips for the New Year

Smoke Alarm

As the old year draws to an end, it’s a great time to think of safety tips for the new year.

How Old are the Batteries in Your Smoke Alarm?

Batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced at least once a year. If you don’t know how old your batteries are, replace them this New Year’s to help you and your family stay safe in the new year. Batteries are cheap and they could save your life.

Cleaning Out the Ash

The light, dusty ash in the bottom of your fireplace seems completely harmless, but hot embers can remain hidden for days, so take care when cleaning it out. Always store fireplace ashes in a metal container with a lid, and keep that container well away from the house and other flammable objects. Douse the ashes with water to be sure there are no hot embers. Wondering what to do with all those ashes? Use them as fertilizer, de-icer, or polish!

Give Space Heaters Some Space

Keep flammable objects at least 3 feet from space heaters. Make sure that the heater also has a “tip sensor,” which turns the heater off if it tips over.

Prepare for the Storm

Keep and emergency kit both at home and in car. Extra blankets or sleeping bags, flashlights, extra batteries, non-perishable food, and bottled water are all essentials for winter emergency kit.

Use these safety tips for the new year to make next year a safe one!


Tom has been writing for the blog since 2011 and has loved sitting in front of the fireplace since he was an itty-bitty boy.

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One comment on “Smoke Alarm and Safety Tips for the New Year
  1. Maria Christin says:

    Yes, I agree that smoke alarm should be replaced at least once in a year. Continuous maintenance and servicing of the smoke detectors is also necessary for safety of life.

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