BEEEEP, BEEEEEP, BEEEEEEP, BEEEEEEEEP! It might be annoying, especially when you've burned the toast for the 4th time this week, but smoke alarms save lives.
A few days ago in the city of Toronto, a father and his young daughter were both killed due to a house fire. And today on the news, I listened to the announcer introduce a representative from the Ontario Fire Marshal who proceeded to tell the listeners that this family would have been okay, except that both smoke detector alarms weren't working because of dead batteries. So now, we have a dead father and a dead daughter. What a shame for the mom and other child in the family.
This weekend, the clocks spring forward 1 hour and it's a good idea to check the batteries on your smoke detector. If you don't remember when you changed the batteries last, do it now.
If you need a little assistance in learning how to install a smoke detector, here's a great video from a real firefighter captain that shows you how:
Here in Ontario, it's the law that you must have a working smoke alarm on every level and outside bedrooms. Smoke detectors are a very inexpensive first warning system. Typically costing about $15-20 each, they are a great investment - and a wonderful gift for special occasions. How better to let someone know you really care about them?
Go ahead, check your smoke alarms. They could save your life.
Jim Datlen is a sales representative with Century 21 Millennium Inc., Brokerage in Brampton, Ontario.