Jiminy Cricket. Batteries. Fall Behind. Does Your House Chirp?

A residential smoke detector is the most famil...

Residential Smoke Detector

Our house started chirping yesterday.

“Did you hear that?” my husband asked.

“I didn’t hear anything.”

Later, I told him that, indeed, our house was chirping

He changed the batteries in the smoke detector.

Do You Have Crickets

We have had crickets in our house before and they chirp.

But, we learned after we got smoke detectors that they chirp to remind you it is time to change the battery.

How Often Should You Change Batteries?

It may be sufficient to change your batteries once a year.

Because it is so easy to forget, though, fire deparments are promoting a change when you reset your clocks for daylight savings time, at least in the Fall.

“Spring ahead.” Set your clocks one hour ahead.

“Fall behind.” Set your clocks one hour back.

Change your clocks; change your batteries.

Do Smoke Alarms Really Help?

In an earlier post, Half. The Fires, I talked about how deaths and damage from fires has fallen considerably since the wide adoption of smoke detectors in the last twenty years.

The U.S. Fire Administration says that by 1991, 88% of U.S. homes had a smoke alarm. With a working smoke alarm, “the chance of dying from a fire is cut in half.

But, they don’t do you any good if the batteries no longer work. The Fire Administration estimates that one-third of smoke alarms don’t work because of old batteries.

It is just too easy to get up in the middle of the night, when the smoke alarm starts chirping, to disconnect the battery to stop the chirping, and forget to change it in the morning.

Change your clocks. Change your batteries.

Stop the chirping with new batteries.

Do your grandchildren know that you once lived in a house that only chirped if there were crickets?

Have they ever heard the Jimminy Cricket song, “I’m No Fool.”

Can you still sing it? Click here for a YouTube video of the song and a cartoon for children about playing safely

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To you and your safety, and long years with your grandchildren.

Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers


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