Most new smoke alarms are designed to function properly for ten years, but in order to ensure your safety and that of those around you, we recommend that you test your smoke detectors once yearly. This task holds the number one spot on our list because it's a quick and easy way to save lives and stay prepared.
Next, test the smoke sensor. Start by purchasing a smoke detector aerosol, available at most local hardware stores for under $10. Spray the aerosol as instructed on the back of the can to ensure the alarm sounds.
Skipping this additional step might be tempting, but unless you frequently burn your casseroles, it's the only way of knowing whether the smoke detection on your alarm is functioning as intended.
If your smoke alarm is located near your kitchen, it may be more than plain old smoke that sets it off. Atomized fats, steam and even heat can trigger smoke alarms.
If your smoke alarm's noisy habits are burning you up, don't remove the batteries. Use your sensor's "mute" option to turn off smoke sensitivity while you cook, or turn on vents or fans to remove smoke before it has a chance to build up, switch to an oil with a low smoke temperature such as canola and make sure your smoke detector is free of dust. If all else fails, consider moving your unit further away from the kitchen.
SOS Survival Products offers a variety of training courses for emergency preparation, fire safety and CPR, so you can use that extra hour of daylight to learn how to protect yourself and those around you.
If you don't live in the Van Nuys area, don't despair. Fire safety, first aid and CPR are taught in most cities, and classes can be found through sites like RedCross.org
Emergency preparation takes planning, gear and rations. If you're just starting out, SOS Survival Products is a great place to begin. We offer a large selection of emergency preparedness supplies, free information and training equipment.
If you're already prepared to handle an emergency, you know that maintenance is key. Ensure your
preparations are up to date by checking for damage, punctures, leaks and expiration dates. Additionally, review your checklist to make sure it's up to date. If you've recently started taking new medications, brought pets into your home or moved, your preparation kits and supplies will need an update.
Involve everyone in your household so that if the time should come, you're all prepared.
In time, your family's safety and emergency plan review will become part of a routine, ensuring everyone is capable of taking care of his or her part in a real emergency situation.
5. Home, Vehicle & Yard
Safety preparedness isn't just about staying ahead of a major catastrophe. There are plenty of unexpected dangers lurking right nearby, making it vital not to neglect your home, yard and vehicle this spring.
- Clean your dryer vent
- Stock your safety kit
- Replace flashlight batteries
- Test fire extinguishers
- Keep tire pressure at the recommended PSI - the recommended pressure can be found in your owner's manual or on a sticker inside your door, and is usually between 30 and 35 PSI
- Change your oil every 6,000 miles or sooner
- Update your safety kit checklist
- Check your fence for loose slats and damage
- Inspect decks for structural safety
- Cut down loose, dead or drooping branches
- Ensure the structural integrity of pool security