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How to Make Your Home or Business Safer During Fire Prevention Week

Power - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 10/11/2022

Replacing a battery in a smoke detector

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week  . From October 9th to 15th, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages individuals and business owners to make fire safety a priority. Here are a few simple things you can do to help make your home or facility safer in the event of a fire.

How Often Should You Change Batteries in Smoke Detectors?

Experts recommend that you check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors roughly every six months. Even though these devices typically make a chirping sound to alert you to a dying battery, it's still a good idea to check them regularly to make sure that everything is functioning properly.

Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors run on 9-volt batteries, although some models may require a AA or AAA battery instead. If you're looking for replacement batteries, Batteries Plus carries an enormous selection of alkaline batteries both online and in-store. Learn more about high-performance brands like Duracell® Coppertop and Rayovac® High Energy in our Alkaline Battery Buying Guide.

What is the Life Expectancy of a Smoke Detector?

Another important thing to keep in mind is that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will also wear out over time. Experts recommend that you replace all of the smoke detectors in a home or business every ten years. Likewise, carbon monoxide detectors have a life expectancy of around seven years. Most smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have an expiration date stamped on the back of the unit to let you know when it's time to replace them.

When you reach that date, it's very important that you replace them as soon as possible. Batteries Plus offers a number of replacement smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors perfect for home or business facilities. Several of these units come with longer-lasting lithium batteries sealed inside them, which are guaranteed to last 10 years. This eliminates the need to swap out batteries; simply replace the device itself when it reaches its expiration date.

What Emergency Supplies Should I Have at Home?

A fire is not the only type of emergency that you should be prepared for. Experts recommend keeping a stockpile of supplies at home in case of additional emergencies such as hurricanes, floods and winter storms. Here are a few of the basic emergency supplies you should have on hand:

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If you're looking to make your home or business more safe, you'll find plenty of additional suggestions in our Emergency Preparation & Recovery Page and online blog. Some related blog topics include, "Batteries Plus Has the Best Solutions for Your Fire & Security System Needs" and "What Do I Need for My Hurricane Prep Kit?"

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