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Every time the smoke detector goes off in my house, it’s always a mad dash to see who can get the alarm to stop beeping. It’s usually caused by something trivial – heavy shower steam from at-home “spa days,” a hair straightener making a little too much smoke, my dad pan-frying steak in a cast-iron skillet (all you meat-lovers and cast-iron skillet owners know where I’m going with that one). To make matters worse, we have 10-foot ceilings, leaving us poking at the smoke detector with a broom. As annoying as it can be, my family’s just thrilled that it works.

9 fire safety tips

While you’re changing your clocks November 2, take a second to change the batteries in your smoke detector so you can prevent a nasty fire from taking over your home.

October is National Fire Prevention month. It’s fitting, because we’ve had quite a few chilly nights here lately. It’s almost time to crank up the heat, dust off the fireplace, and finally build that fire pit you’ve been talking about so you can make s’mores any time you want.

Before you rush off to buy firewood in bulk, it’s a good idea to change the smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. According to the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), 38 percent of all fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke detectors. Yikes. That’s why the IAFC paired up with Energizer this month to encourage people to test their detectors and change out the batteries when the time changes on Nov. 2. While you’re wandering through your home changing the clocks, it’s also the perfect time to put a new battery in your smoke detector. It only takes a second, and you’ll sleep better knowing your family’s protected.

Check out these other fire-safety tips:
9 Fire-Safety Tips
Outdoor Fire Pits and Safety
Fireplace Maintenance and Safety
Lazy Homeowners Rejoice! Home Maintenance Made Easy

And after your home is protected, take a look at these inspiring fireplace and fire pit designs:
10 Fall-Inspired Fireplaces
Hot Fireplace Design Ideas
Beautiful Outdoor Fireplaces and Fire Pits

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  1. Chad says:

    Already checked mine!

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  7. harveygregory says:

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