Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Don’t let the beep steal your sleep.
I spend a lot of time talking about creating a beautiful home that you love. But the truth is your homes most important job isn’t to be beautiful, it’s to keep your family safe. We actually talk a lot around here about how our home keeps us safe. Mostly when there is a big thunderstorm and my kids are scared of the loud thunder. We talk about how it is our house’s job to protect us.
So I am embarrassed to say that until now, we didn’t have a single carbon monoxide detector in our house. Seriously, not one. We have smoke detectors and I think a lot about fire safety. With three little kids, I know that if we ever had a fire, we would need to be well prepared to get everyone out safely. But somehow I’ve managed to completely ignore the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.
What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device including furnaces, boilers, dryer vents, stoves, cars, and fireplaces. And since you can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, you really have to have a carbon monoxide detector or your family is at risk. Anything that can kill you without you ever seeing or smelling is really scary.
So I was thrilled to work with First Alert to fix this situation.
My boys are always super curious whenever we get a package. (Even though let’s be real, those Amazon boxes hit our front porch with alarming regularity.) So when a box full of home safety items arrived from First Alert, I let them help me pull everything out.
First Alert has a variety of CO alarms that fit your family’s needs. Our box contained several different types since the recommendation is to have one on each floor of your home as well as each bedroom.
There were a couple of CO alarms that plug into an outlet and had a battery backup as well.
There was also a battery powered CO detector that doesn’t even have to be installed but can be simply set on a tabletop or shelf. Plus it comes with a battery that lasts ten years so you never have to worry about remembering to change it.
And finally my personal favorite – a combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector with voice and location. I love that it takes care of both functions with just one piece of equipment and the talking alarm tells you exactly what the problem is if something goes wrong. This one also has a ten year battery life which is awesome.
Another thing I didn’t realize – carbon monoxide detectors don’t last forever. It makes sense that they have an expiration date just like most other things; I just never really considered it before. Most carbon monoxide detectors expire after around seven years of use and need to be replaced. (Which is why you never have to worry about changing out the ten-year batteries; they last the entire life of the carbon monoxide detector.)
For more info on carbon monoxide poisoning and carbon monoxide alarms, First Alert, put together a great video summary:
Of course, Griffin and Asher’s very favorite part of our package wasn’t the carbon monoxide alarms, the coloring book, or the safety bag. It was the red krinkly packaging paper.
I mean seriously, expensive toys are such a waste of money. They had so much fun tossing this stuff in the air (and on baby Lincoln). They even wanted to save it so they could play with it again the next day, but I had to veto that one.
I feel so much better knowing that we finally have all of the appropriate safety detectors in place and have really discussed our fire safety plan. It’s one of those things that I know is important but it just keeps getting put off.
Do you have carbon monoxide detectors in your home? Have they ever gone off?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.