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How to stay cozy and safer this winter with First Alert, plus 3 tips to help you be prepared for a safer winter.
I love having a cozy home in the winter!
A dreary winter day with a crackling fire, piles of blankets, and reading by candlelight is my favorite way to spend an evening.
When Roger was drawing our house plans we included 3 fireplaces in our sketches.
Can you tell we love the coziness of winter?
Soon after we moved into our house we started the adoption process which included a visit by our local fire marshall.
And in the process, we learned some important tips that I wish we had known a long time ago!
While you probably already know that Carbon Monoxide is odorless and invisible and that the only way to detect this poisonous gas is to install carbon monoxide alarms.
It is also important to know possible CO sources in your home. CO is produced from any fuel-burning device, such as your stove, fireplace and water heater.
This means having a working CO alarm, especially in the winter, is super important!
And I recently found out that it is also important to make sure to have your fuel-burning devices checked annually in order to help protect your home and family.
We ordered a bunch of CO alarms before our final home visit to be approved for adoption.
And now I can work and sleep peacefully in our home knowing our First Alert CO alarms are working well in the background.
So today I thought I’d share 3 easy tips to help you stay safer this winter while you stay cozy!
1. Check Your First Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Because carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless deadly gas (known as the silent killer) that can be produced by any fuel-burning device, the only way to detect CO in your home is by installing a CO alarm.
The nice thing about this First Alert CO alarm is that it has a built-in 10-year battery for 10 years of protection + there was no installation needed!
2. Get your fuel-burning devices checked annually
To stay safer this winter it is important to keep up the maintenance both on your CO alarms and by inspecting your fuel devices annually.
Bonus tip: You should have one CO alarm on every level of your house, in every bedroom, and outside of each sleeping area. Make sure CO alarms are installed at least 15ft from appliances.
3. Keep fire extinguishers nearby/in easy to grab locations
We currently have two on hand in easy to access locations, such as in the kitchen under the sink.
Something that is easy to forget is checking those expiration dates and/or the gauge that shows if it’s still in good working condition.
We replaced our kitchen one soon after moving into our new home and I’ll be sure to check on our fire extinguishers annually to ensure that we are always better prepared for the unexpected.
I hope these simple tips help you stay safer this winter!
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With love, Giusti