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A home is a place for laughs, love and feeling safe.
As parents, Pete and I take all of those things very seriously. Safety is always something we are thinking of. I've been a resident of California since I was born, and Pete has been here just about 20 years. When California Senate Bill 183 went into effect on July 1, 2011, making it mandatory for all California homes to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed, we were already way ahead of them. We've had them throughout our home for as long as I can remember!
One thing I didn't realize was that they have an expiration date. Did you know that? Over time dust and other airborne contaminants build up in the alarm’s sensing chamber and the buildup interferes with its ability to detect high levels of carbon monoxide within the home. Yikes!
This is important for those of us that have always had them and those that added one to their home when the law happened. Since it is almost 7 years later, those very alarms that were purchased following the law going into effect are going to expire.
Even more importantly, the alarm will start beeping after seven years to indicate the need for replacement. But the tricky part is that the ‘replace me’ beep is all-to-often confused with a ‘low battery’ beep.
Are you following me on all this? I know my head was spinning for a bit.
The facts are that if you have had your alarm for over 7 years or it is coming up on 7 years, it's time to replace it. If you bought your alarm when the law passed 7 years ago, it's time to replace it. If you hear it beeping, don't assume it is low batteries. If it has been close to 7 years, or you can't even remember when you bought your alarm, it is time to replace it.
Second big point- even if you are outside of California, this is all true for you, too. If you don't have a carbon monoxide alarm or if yours is close to or over 7 years or you can't even remember when you bought it… now is the time.
If you need a quick reminder on CO I totally don't blame you! Here is more info:
CO is produced anytime fuel is burned. Potential sources of CO include the following household items. Heating systems can be particularly dangerous as they are responsible for 65% of CO poisoning deaths from consumer products.
Grills used in an enclosed space
Vehicles running in an attached garage
All of these can cause CO to get into your home, that is why you need an alarm.
Not wanting to take any chances with CO poisoning, we just added more Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarms to our home. We added them near our bedrooms, outside the laundry room, in the kitchen right past the garage door and in the room above the garage.
We also are using one that you plug right into the outlet, which has a battery as a backup in case the power goes out.
These are super easy to install, and they have a lot of other choices, too, so you can find the right one for your home or area in the home.
We also involved the kids in this. We feel it is very important to teach the kids, especially the teens why we have these alarms so when they get their own places later in life they, too, will take this important safety measure.
Of equal importance, we also want kids to know what to do if it beeps, whether that be replacing new batteries to understanding when they need to evacuate the home. Hearing the beep can be scary, but knowledge is power and if know what it means when it beeps and what they need to do, it empowers them to take immediate action.
We love CAL Fire and our firefighters, and I love that Kidde is working hard to drive awareness around the upcoming need for CO alarm replacement with the campaign titled, Beat The Beep. I'm so happy to be helping to share the message, too, that we need to get these alarms replaced ASAP before the 7-year expiration beep starts!
I have a great promo/coupon code to share with you too!
Get a jump start on getting your alarms replaced by using “BEATTHEBEEP” for 20% off all CO and CO combo alarm products on Kidde.com.