While many internet-connected devices will automatically adjust for daylight saving time, performing semi-annual safety checks at home and work is still essential. Time changes are a great reminder to do these checks, and we’ve fully outlined steps below you can take to keep your loved ones safe.
Test Smoke and C.O. Detectors
Twice a year, you should test and replace batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. All Systems Integrated can help inspect and maintain these alarms, with a professional guarantee that these systems will help keep your family safe.
When testing alarm devices, you should:
- Press the test button to ensure the alarm sounds.
- Change alarm batteries twice a year.
- Replace the device every seven to ten years — earlier if the alarm sounds weak or no longer works after changing the batteries and performing multiple tests.
Check on your Fire Extinguishers
Be sure fire extinguishers are readily on hand for use in an emergency.
Go over this essential checklist to prevent a small fire from getting out of control in an emergency:
- Inspect your fire extinguishers to see if they need recharging or replacing.
- Ensure extinguishers are easily accessible.
- Check the tamper seal and pull the pin. If the seal or pin is broken or missing, replace the extinguisher or have a certified fire extinguisher technician repair it.
- Look for any physical damage or dirt in the hoses and nozzles. Replace the extinguisher if it shows signs of wear or corrosion.
When Using a Fire Extinguisher, Remember P.A.S.S.
Pull the pin
Aim at the base of the fire
Squeeze the lever
Sweep side to side
Portable fire extinguishers are only meant to help when the fire is small and not spreading rapidly. Remember – If you see a fire spreading, EVACUATE THE AREA!
Find the safety guides for portable fire extinguishers (W.A.C. 296-800-300) here.
Emergency Preparedness Kit
Not only are emergency kits necessary for the home and workplace, keeping one in your car could save your life.
Be sure to include:
- Warm clothes, hats, and gloves
- Flashlight and batteries
- Water and non-perishable snacks
- Shovel, flares, jumper cables
- Cat litter or sand to provide traction
Here’s a recommended winter survival kit for truck drivers, which is a good idea for everyone!
Professional Inspection for Security Devices
The best way to keep your alarm systems up to code is by getting in touch with your local security company and scheduling an inspection. All Systems Integrated provides complete professional installation, upgrades, and assessments on residential systems. Contact us today for more information and keep your systems working to protect your loved ones this holiday season.