Check Your Smoke Alarms – A 10 Min Prep Project

Spend 10 minutes and check all your smoke alarms.  Add it to your calendar!

You know smoke alarms are there to save your life, right?  So……if it doesn’t have batteries or isn’t working (or isn’t even there!), then it is a bit pointless to have one at all.

Today, take just a few minutes (I doubt it will even take you the full ten) and go check your smoke alarms.  Replace any batteries that are needed.  And if you need to replace a broken alarm, write it down on your shopping list right now.   Or better yet, order one right now!  Easy Peasy!

It is also a good idea to check these when your kids are home so that they know what to expect….so they know it when they hear it.

You could also do what I sometimes do and multitask:

smoke alarms multi taskingPhoto Credit: Someecards


A few general smoke detector tips:

  • Make sure you have one in (or at the very least near) each bedroom
  • Make sure you have at least one (in addition to the bedrooms) on each level of your home
  • Consider making sure all alarms are interconnected so that if one goes off they all do.  An electrician can help with this.
  • I suggest you add a note / alarm on your phone or calendar to remind you to check these every month or so.
  • If your smoke detectors are more than 10 years old, you should replace them with a new one.
  • If you have them, check your carbon monoxide detectors too.  If you don’t have them, I highly recommend getting at least one if not more.

Lack of Time

I’ve found that there are lots of reasons that keep people from becoming better prepared or more self reliant. But as a young mom one of the top reasons is time, or rather a lack of time.

But really, I don’t think us young moms are alone….

I think that many, if not most, in our fast paced society feel that time slips through their fingers regularly. And when feeling rushed and anxious, it can be difficult to invest time in becoming more prepared and self reliant.

10 Minute Preparedness Projects!

But very one of us can find 10 minutes, right? Every 10 days or so, I challenge myself to spend 10 minutes on preparedness and self-reliance and I invite you to join me! Simple, right?

You can see all the 10 minutes preparedness projects here:

10 Minute (or less) Preparedness Projects.

Preparedness Projects that can be completed in 10 minutes or less From Simple Family Preparedness.



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