Changing Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Might Not Be Enough

on Mar 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

When we all recently changed our clocks, there was the familiar message: “Don’t forget to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, too!” And while this message is a good one, it’s not the whole story.

“Research shows that these alarms have a limited lifespan,” says Jim Pender, president of Rockingham Electric. “So it’s not enough to just change the batteries every six months, you have to replace the alarm itself to protect your family.”

According to Kidde, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire-safety products, carbon monoxide alarms should be replaced 7–10 years and smoke alarm every 10 years from the date of manufacture, which is normally printed on the alarm.

Unlike smoke, carbon monoxide—a colorless, odorless gas—is undetectable by human senses. Because of this, it’s critical for all homes with fuel-burning appliances (such as a furnace, water heater, range, cooktop, or grill) to have a functioning carbon monoxide alarm.

Tips and recommendations for choosing the right alarm for your home are available on or at Rockingham Electric, which stocks Kidde alarms.

“Kidde just debuted its Worry-Free Smoke and CO Alarm,” Pender says. “This technology combines the two devices in one and powers it with a 10-year lithium battery, which means you are protected for an entire decade without even needing to remember to change the batteries.”

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