I've developed a bad habit.  I use to be quite faithful in checking the batteries on my home smoke detectors/alarms, choosing to change them when the time changed in the spring and the fall. I began to get lazy a couple of years ago when the spring clocks were moved several weeks earlier and the fall clocks were moved a couple of weeks later. Add to this the fact that I justified that I they really didn't need to be changed since I was using alkaline batteries in my smoke alarms rather than the supplied heavy-duty batteries.  Finally, the fact that I have one hard wired alarms on every floor seemed like maybe a bit of an overkill.

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top ...

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top caption reads "PLACE ONE SMOKE ALARM ON EVERY FLOOR AND SLEEPING ROOM". The top diagram is labeled "MULTI-STORY" with an attic, basement, two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. The bottom diagram is labeled "SINGLE LEVEL" and has similar rooms. Suggestions for smoke alarms are diagramed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunday night after setting up the Christmas Tree and lighting a couple of candles one our four battery operated alarms started chirping ... the reminder that I needed to get out to the store and purchase the long-lasting 9v Duracell or Energizer battery.

I don't want to be a statistic.  I don't want my family to be a statistic.  It's time to change those batteries.

When's the last time you changed your smoke alarm batteries?


Check your smoke alarm batteries today.

Replace your smoke alarms if they are older than 10 years.