Changing Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Batteries Could Save Your Life!

Change Batteries In Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors NJ

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Fall is the perfect time of year to consider the level of fire and carbon monoxide threat in your home. At Aurora Home Inspections, we urge you, when the clocks fall back this year and daylight savings time ends, to change the batteries in all the smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Changing smoke and carbon monoxide batteries at least once per year could save your life!

Your life can only be saved by an alarm that is working. Good batteries are essential to the effectiveness of both a smoke and CO alarm. It is also imperative to have a working alarm on every level of the home. Having an alarm on every level can buy you the precious time needed to escape disaster.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately three out of five fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or homes without working smoke alarms.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “home fires often result in lost lives, lasting injuries and property damage. CPSC estimates that between 2009 and 2011, an average of 362,300 unintentional residential fires attended by the fire service, resulted in 2,260 deaths, 12,820 injuries and nearly $7 billion in property damage each year.”

Some alarms will come with a sealed, 10 year guaranteed battery. However, if your alarm does not come that way, you must change the batteries at least once per year. It is also advisable to test each alarm on a monthly basis and place one in every bedroom on every level of the home to maximize safety.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission “carbon monoxide alarms are also critically important safety equipment in the home. Each year from 2008 to 2010, there were an average 162 reported carbon monoxide deaths involving consumer products under CPSC’s jurisdiction, including portable generators and home heating systems.”

Carbon Monoxide | The Invisible Killer

The importance of carbon monoxide detectors in the home cannot be stressed enough. You cannot see or smell carbon monoxide. Known as the invisible killer, the poisonous gas quickly incapacitates and kills its victims quickly from a variety of sources.

Guarding Your Home Against Flood Damage

Guarding Your Home Against Flood Damage

Guarding Your Home Against Flood DamageHome inspections cannot protect your home from being involved in a flood. However, a careful look around your property, and some basic preparation can greatly reduce the damage your home suffers in a natural disaster. Guarding your home against flood damage is a fairly easy way to gain some peace of mind.

Preparing your property from a flood can save you a lot of money considering that even just a few inches of water could cost thousands in repairs. Take a few minutes to walk around your property and home and be sure these key things are done.

  • Clear Gutters
  • Trim trees and bushes away from the house
  • Hot water heaters, furnace, washer and dryer are placed 12 inches above flood levels.

The next thing to do is prepare a list of important possessions and documents. Place these items in a safe place that will remain dry during a flood. That way they are safe and easily accessible when needed.

Some things to consider storing in a safe place are:

  • Insurance policies
  • Financial records
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Anything of specific monetary or sentimental value.

Stocking up on water and first aid supplies is also a wise safeguard in the event that you cannot leave the house for an extended period of time. Having these things stocked will increase your comfort level, but also keep you indoors when you need to be and minimize the risk of danger in leaving the house.

These tips for guarding your home against flood damage will keep your mind at ease and your home and family safe. They only take a few minutes of planning to put into place, and can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

 

Keeping Your Home Secure During The Summer

Summer Vacation Home Safety Tips

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Summer time is the most relaxing time of the year, but it’s also peak time for break ins. Criminals know that people tend to be out of the house more often in the summer, especially for extended periods of time on vacation. To make sure you can truly have a relaxing summer, and come and go as you please, here are some tips on keeping your home secure during the summer.

Lock your doors and windows!

Yes, it may seem obvious and silly to even mention, but thieves will look for the path of least resistance. If you accidentally forget to close a window, the odds of your home being broken into go up dramatically.

Have a neighborhood meeting.

You don’t have to start a full out neighborhood watch to keep a watchful eye. Police highly recommend getting together with your neighbors and keeping each other up to date on vacations and visits from people they may not recognize. You should all agree to never confront any potentially armed thief, but to immediately call 911 if you spot something that doesn’t look right.

Don’t let repair people in without a full check.

If a repair professional shows up in your neighborhood soliciting business in an unmarked van or without proper identification, do not hire them. They may simply be looking to either con you, or they may be casing your home. Always check up on them before letting them in! This includes home inspectors! You can be sure though, that with Aurora Home Inspection, we will always have the proper identification.

Secure your yard as well as your home.

There are undoubtedly valuables outside your home as well. Maybe a lawnmower, a jet ski or a motorcycle? Make sure to always have them securely locked and engrave them so if they are stolen, they are easily identified. Plus, if a thief sees this, he will simply move on.

Don’t post your vacation plans on social media

Wait until vacation is over to share your photos and comments. Thieves are notorious for trolling Facebook and Twitter. Telling them when you are not home gives them a huge advantage.

These may all sound like common sense, but many people forget to do these simple things. By following these tips you are greatly ahead of the game in keeping your home secure for the summer.