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Quick PSA: Something Important for This Weekend

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My wife and I awoke to a rather jarring sound on the other night: a piercing, shrill chirping from our bedroom smoke alarm.

We live in Los Angeles and now is the height of fire season. High winds, low humidity — it’s not ideal. We’ve been lucky so far, though things got interesting two years ago.

Woolsey Fire: November 9, 2018
Woolsey Fire: November 9, 2018

So when the smoke alarm went off, we were a tad jumpy. Our dog flipped out, our daughter woke up down the hallway.

But when we came to, we realized it was just a warning that the battery was out.

Then last night, our carbon monoxide detector chirped — telling us it was at the end of its run.

So we’re busy changing batteries on some devices and replacing others.

Coincidentally, Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend — and fire departments say it’s a good time to change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

So please remember to make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are in working shape!

Save Money on Batteries, Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

There are bunch of combination smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors on special right now at Amazon. (And this one caught my eye.)

Some of our smoke alarms need AA batteries, others need 9 volts.

I took advantage of this offer at Amazon: 24 AA and 24 AAA Energizer batteries for $26.79.

I also grabbed this 10 pack of 9V batteries for $8.98.

Final Approach

I know people who’ve lost their homes to fires — and smoke alarms saved their lives. I’m embarrassed I somehow neglected to change batteries this long. But Daylight Saving Time’s beginning and ending give us two great reminders to make sure our warning gear is up to date and in good, working order.

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