Archive for February, 2010

How long does my alarm last?

By: Safety LAB

I often wonder how many times homeowners change their smoke and CO alarms.  When I first moved into my home I know the alarms were original to the house, and the house was built 20 years prior. Even though it appeared the alarms were functioning properly it doesn’t mean the sensor is correctly reading the air. 

CO alarms are only good for 5 years, and most CO alarms have a 5 year warranty on them, the reason it is only 5 years is because the sensor can only test the CO levels in air correctly for 5 years.  Smoke alarms can last about twice as long at 10 years.  For the warranty information on your smoke alarm you will need to check the manual because it can differ.  For all First Alert alarms the warranty period starts when you buy the unit. If you are moving into a new home and are curious at when the alarm was installed the best information we can provide you with is the “born on” date on the underside of the alarm, it is the date the alarm was manufactured. If you are ever unsure how old your alarm is, you should always change it out, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you need to buy new smoke or CO alarms, please visit us at www.firstalertstore.com.

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Protecting your atmosphere: Radon Test Kit helps protect your health more than you can imagine!

by Passion4Safety

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and radioactive gas that can cause cancer. If air is breathed that contains radon, it can affect your immune system causing lung cancer. With this being said, this is a serious matter that can affect our lives, no matter how young and/or how older you may be. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, radon can get into your environment (home) in a number of ways:

–        cracks in solid floors

–        construction joints

–        cracks in walls

–        gap in suspended floors

–        gaps around service pipes

–        cavities inside walls

–        water supply

 I know you are now saying “well how can my home get tested?” “How much does testing cost?” “Let alone, will I be able to afford testing?” The answer to these questions is “you can get you home tested for Radon at a very affordable price and can do it yourself.” On FirstAlertStore.com, the Radon Test Kit ($13.99) comes with all test materials and mailing instructions for results. Not to mention, we have a video on the Radon Test Kit that shows you what contents are inside of the test kit (for those inquiring more information). Please do not wait until it’s too late to test for Radon in your home, do it now! Remember, you have control over your environment; take action now to save your life from unseen harm!