Save Your Family

Canada
December 15, 2016 5:46am CST
When was the last time you checked your Smoke Detectors? Give yourself and your family the gift of life for Christmas. If you don't have a smoke detector buy one and get it up. Test it and make sure its working. We have two, one on a lower level and one on the top level right next to the bedrooms. Ours beeps when the batteries are dying, its hard to miss that beep - an annoying noise but a new battery could save your life. Every winter the news breaks my heart to hear that a family died because they didn't have smoke detectors or they had them and the batteries needed to be changed. Having my first coffee with the newspaper I read this story and it brought tears to my eyes.
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@JolietJake (51107)
• United States
15 Dec 16
I always change mine as soon as it starts warning me the battery is low, but I guess some people will pull the battery out and then never get around to replacing it. Pretty sure it is legally required to have one in Illinois.
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@JolietJake (51107)
• United States
15 Dec 16
Yep
Illinois Compiled Statutes Table of Contents
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• Canada
15 Dec 16
i think it should be mandatory everywhere, I can't believe that there are people who don't have them...so cheap for the price of the lives of your family.
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@Morleyhunt (20704)
• Canada
15 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate it is illegal to not have a working smoke detector. As a landlord I was liable, even if my tenant had disabled their alarm. I checked their smoke alarms at least twice a year....provided batteries...and my daughter who lived in the second apartment would occasionally set off the alarm on purpose...if it didn't sound in the second apartment...they got a visit. I was not a happy camper.....the fine is $10,000.
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@MALUSE (43423)
• Uzbekistan
15 Dec 16
In Germany, we are required to have such a thing in each room.
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• Canada
15 Dec 16
It is a law in Ontario too.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
15 Dec 16
I think we have 5 or 6 of them but we have 4 floors so we have to.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
We have a 4 level side split. not nearly as big as a four story...we have two, One on the top of the stairs from the basement and on the bedroom level which is the top.
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@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
18 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate Well we have a huge attic and a basement and the law in Illinois says we have to have at least one per level.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
@fishtiger58 Our two top layers are open to each other (Side split) with five stairs between and the two bottom has a door between them but the noise from behind the door can be heard all over the house.
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• United States
16 Dec 16
i change them when they beep.they're all brand new detectors this year-appearently some manufactorers now make the beep unstoppable after so many years and you have to get new ones.4 at once was expensive,but wasn't much i could do about it.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
Ours makes a lot of noise when the battery is low but that's good, and we just change the battery. No time limit on ours that I know of.
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• United States
21 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate we used to have one that talked. it'd always do the "change battery,change battery" at 3 am too..
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• Canada
21 Dec 16
@scarlet_woman that would drive me crazy...
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
15 Dec 16
It is not mandatory here, but most people have a smoke detector in each room.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
That's good but if it not mandatory I'm sure there are many without them...Here some are too lazy (or too broke) to replace the batteries.. Sad but true.
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
18 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate Our houses are all concrete, the risk is minimum, but I prefer to have one in each room.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
@LadyDuck very interesting, ours is made of wood and steal, I imagine a lot of things inside a concrete home will burn and just smoke can kill... so I understand.
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@kevinakash (1947)
• Sri Lanka
16 Dec 16
normally we use smoke detectors for big companies. i think bcz most of us in SL can't afford one. but i'm not quite sure about the price. are fires common there where u live??
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• Sri Lanka
16 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate yeah thanks for this post. i think i should think it over. seems to be a good choice to have one
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@DianneN (84978)
• United States
16 Dec 16
How heartbreaking! All of ours in Connecticut and in Florida are connected directly to the fire department. No need for batteries.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
That's cool, I don't even know if that is possible here in Canada but ours tells us when the battery is getting low...its very annoying but so good to know.
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@DianneN (84978)
• United States
17 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate Those batteries are so annoying, but important to have.
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@Corbin5 (115632)
• United States
15 Dec 16
Ours beep too, so that is a welcome reminder. The carbon-monoxide detectors do the same beeping when a battery needs changes.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
All of ours beep when the battery is dying but I think I will check just in case..
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@Corbin5 (115632)
• United States
17 Dec 16
@PainsOnSlate We have so many beeping things around here, it takes us a while to figure out from where the beep comes.
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@TheHorse (72250)
• Walnut Creek, California
17 Dec 16
We're dealing with that big fire in Oakland that killed something like 36 artists and musicians and their friends.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
I watched that horror on the news, that was the worst I've ever seen, How did they get the place and live in it and party in it without the city knowing what a hell hole it was.. Fake wood stairs, boxes and crates...
@PatZAnthony (12970)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
17 Dec 16
It is very sad, but oh, so true-that people die each day due to fire or smoke. We remember a family losing all of their children (5) b/c someone took the batteries out of the alarms in the home to use elsewhere. How does one ever move on from that?
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
I can't even imagine doing that, the two that walked out of the fire here will be living in hell with the memories of that fire.
• United States
16 Dec 16
the hubs took out the smoke/fire detectors when he moved'n out here, many years 'go. refuses to put any new'uns 'p coz they tend to go off'n our wee house jest from cookin' bacon. he'd put'em back 'p when my dad t'was still livin' 'n comin' fer a visit. ya know, 'gotta humor the fireman' :( that's horrible news'n sadly such happens way too oft. my heart aches fer all the family 'n friends.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
I know they can be annoying, ours does the same thing but not just for bacon, Maybe one in the bedroom would be safer and quieter...I truly will not sleep where there is no alarm..
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@RasmaSandra (19660)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
15 Dec 16
We don't have smoke detectors but either the two of us or one of us is always home and we are always careful. We have had no problems but I know that smoke detectors can save lives. Since we always managed without never thought about it. Thanks for the reminder.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
Its the law in Canada and the US to have them in our homes. They do save lives. If it wasn't the law, there would be a lot more deaths...
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
15 Dec 16
When I owned a house I had two on each floor and changed the batteries twice a year. Now I'm a renter. When I moved into this house there was one smoke detector in the back of the house near the bedrooms. That's not good enough for me even though it is legal. I bought several and my son installed one in each room. I change the batteries on New Year's day and again on the first of June. The thought of my granddaughter dying in flames or being scarred or crippled for life is too horrible. I take no chances with her.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
You are smart. I've never been without them in my homes. My daughter when she was young had a sleepover at a friend's farm. I had been there and knew there were no alarms so I sent one with here...She was a bit embarrassed to have to hand it to the owner but she did it!
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@sayitnow (434)
15 Dec 16
I don't we have one in the trailer. Thanks for posting this. I will check and see when I get home.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
Its good to make sure your batteries work...
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@amadeo (72889)
• United States
15 Dec 16
I have both.smoke and carbon detectors.
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@cupkitties (7441)
• United States
15 Dec 16
Make sure it's one that doesn't go off too late either. We just replaced out old one for that reason. It would take a while to set off even though there was smoke clouds (from my mom broiling chicken) right up under it The new one talks and lets us know the battery is low. Also has a carbon monoxide detector.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
We have both too and I checked and our are working well. It pizza that usually makes them go off in my house...
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@Morleyhunt (20704)
• Canada
15 Dec 16
My daughter called me yesterday morning and said....Mom...get your smoke detector working....TODAY! I bought batteries and rigged in up on the ceiling. My daughter and I knew the mother. She had been a customer in my store. So sad.
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• Canada
15 Dec 16
There was a lot of chatter in the pool this morning before the class started about the fire. It is a sad story...
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@Juliaacv (33127)
• Canada
15 Dec 16
I read that also, what a terribly sad story. We have 1 smoke detector on each level as well as another one near the furnace. And few people know this but......they don't last forever, it is advised to replace them about every 7 or 8 years. We also have carbon monoxide detectors and again, they need replacing, but they don't seem to last as long as a smoke detector does-or that's been our experience.
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• Canada
18 Dec 16
We have both, two for smoke one for carbon monoxide. We changed ours about three years ago, the new ones beep at us when the batteries get low. I like that!
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• United States
15 Dec 16
This is the second home that was built on this property - the first one burned to the ground. When the owners had this one built they put in extra smoke detectors including in the basement. My husband changes the batteries twice a year.
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• Canada
17 Dec 16
I have one in the basement too, that is where all my art is and lots of things that would burn...