By Amy Laposha
One of our smoke alarms was “chirping” the other day, driving my husband and myself crazy. As we finally zoned in and figured out which smoke detector was making the noise, we started discussing how old our alarms are and wondered if/when they needed to be replaced. I was aware that you are supposed to change the batteries in a smoke alarm at least once per year, but that was about it with my knowledge of smoke alarm safety. Our particular smoke detectors are hard-wired with a battery back-up. I was not aware that you should actually replace your smoke alarms at least every 10 years as the sensors can wear down over a period of time. Our house was built in 1996, so these were significantly overdue for replacing. While looking up this information, I realized that there are several other Safety Tips about smoke alarms that I found on the National Fire Protection Association website which could be life-saving for our clients, like installing alarms in every bedroom. Download the PDF here.
I know I feel better that we have replaced all of our smoke detectors as well as new batteries in each one. Keep these tips in mind to make sure that you and your family stay safe!
About Amy Laposha
Kansas City Royals fan, Mom of one daughter and two sons, and Insurance Agent!
Direct Phone – 913-754-3812
Amy has been in the insurance industry for the past 17 years and has been part of the MAX family for the past 5 years. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and granddaughter in Lee’s Summit, MO. She also does volunteer work at her church and loves cheering on her local sports teams (GO ROYALS), hiking, music and backyard BBQs.