Do You Check Your Smoke Detectors Regularly?

United States
December 8, 2008 9:12pm CST
My daughter came home from school the other day and was telling me about the Firemen at school that day and how they discussed how you should check the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly to ensure that they work properly. My daughter said the Fireman asked if anyone had and questions or comments and she raised her hand. She said she told the fireman, "I know the smoke detectors work in my house because our smoke detectors go off every time my mom cooks". I laughed so hard when she told me this. Our smoke detectors do go off often when I'm cooking, but one of them is close to my stove in the kitchen so it goes off VERY OFTEN. Do you check your smoke detectors regularly?
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@psphacker (1054)
• United States
9 Dec 08
here in mexico my mother rents and the house does not have not even one.
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• United States
9 Dec 08
Well, I hope that your mother looks into investing in atleast one. They really can save lives. I'm not sure how much they might cost in Mexico but here in the United States they really aren't that costly. Thanks for your response. Happy MyLotting!
@rick_d (213)
• United States
9 Dec 08
we have several in the house and they get checked atleast 2 times a year (when we set clocks back and again when we set them ahead)they do get checked on occasion in between the 2 how often does depend on who is doing the majority of the cooking.
@oldboy46 (2133)
• Australia
9 Dec 08
Yes we do have smoke detectors in the house as well as the packing and also the shed where the coolroom is situated. There are 3 inside our home actually - one in the kitchen, another in the passageway just outside our bedroom door and the other in the lounge room. We replace the batteries in them twice a year, even though they only recommend checking them annually. But we feel it is better to be safe than sorry and of course the "old" batteries still come in handy for some of the toys our grandchildren have. The reason we have them in the packing shed and coolroom shed is in case we are working in or near there and there is a fire. Basically it is just a precaution and although nobody should be smoking in there, it could happen or someone could get careless or whatever. The few dollars the smoke detectors is money well spent and would certainly be more so if there was a fire at some time. These are checked every year and one of those times is just before we start to put the new season's fuit and vegetables in there. Here in Australia they recommend checking and testing the smoke detector and battery once a year. So that people remember they also recommend the should be checked on a specific date, i.e. start of financial year, New Year, birthday, anniversary of whatever. BUT the date should be the same every year, i.e. Easter is not a good date as it can change every year. So my partner and I decided we would check ours on New Year's Day and again at the beginning of the financial year. For us that is the 1st July, so really they are being checked 6 months apart and the dates are easy to remember. Sounds like you need some sort of exhaust fan in the kitchen so that the smoke detector will not go off when you are cooking.
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@lilybug (21182)
• United States
9 Dec 08
Funny you should ask this today. The smoke detector in the hallway by the bedrooms started beeping that it had a low battery today. It actually does not have a battery in it right now because we did not have another 9 volt battery in the house. I have to make sure we get some more.
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@zabawaus (1734)
• United States
9 Dec 08
The ones i have in the house start to beeping if their battery is dying so i don't have to check that often, it kind a have a alarm itself :) Have a great day