I usually try and be funny with my blogs or I use them to bitch about something and blow off steam, but today's blog is more of a public service announcement.

With two fires in our area early this morning, one in Binghamton and one in Kirkwood, and with the deadly fire at the Skylark Motel a few weeks back, I thought I would use this blog to talk about fire safety.

When was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke detector? They should be changed at least once a year. A lot of people change them when they change their clocks. That way it's easy to remember when you changed them last. How old is your smoke detector.? According to F.E.M.A. Smoke detectors should be replaced every ten years. There are even groups like the American Red Cross that give out free smoke detectors at different times during the year. And if your batteries start to beep, don't be stupid and just take the batteries out of the unit. If you have to go to the store in the middle of the night to get a new battery, DO IT! Sleep is important but it's not worth taking that chance. And never take a battery out of a smoke detector to use it for something else. Whatever you are using it in isn't as important as the little white thing that can save your life.

 

(via: F.E.M.A.)