Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. Don’t let the beep steal your sleep.
I’ve always been kind of an anxious person, but I’ll tell you what since having Blake (and as many of you know since I’ve talked about it a lot) – it’s times 10. I just want to make sure I’m doing anything and everything I can in my power to keep my baby safe. So when I saw this opportunity to work with First Alert – I knew it was a perfect fit, especially because it’s just a good reminder I think for all of us!
Most of us have heard devastating stories of the effects of carbon monoxide, so I think it’s important we realize the resources we have around us to try and do our best to prevent something happening. What is Carbon Monoxide? Carbon Monoxide is an invisible, odorless and deadly gas that can be produced by any fuel-burning device. CO can be produced by any fuel-burning device, such as a furnace, boiler, stove, or cars. First Alert explains it all here, if you’re not familiar. In 2011, a lot of states made it a regulation on new building codes, Idaho being one of them, to have carbon monoxide monitors in their builds. Those come with a 7 year life span though – so if you were around that time, it’s time to check them! Our new build came with them installed, but we put in a couple of extras, in Blake’s room and ours just to be safe. We just used the plug ones for our extras, that come with back up batteries.
A couple tips we use, that I adopted from my parents was:
+ Checking all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors on a specific date twice a year. So we use the winter and summer solstice of every year, just to keep it consistent. I have it in my calendar as a reminder to go off and written down where I can see it as a constant reminder and it’s slowly just turning into a habit. We try to follow this for the whole “don’t let the beep steal your sleep” (First Alert’s motto), look at your CO monitors and check to see when it’s time to replace and update them so you can stay on top of it.
+ Have an escape route in place with your family. For example in case of an emergency we have an escape route in place, emergency fire escape ladders in the bedrooms and have discussed it (as much as we can with a 3 year old) of what to do.
+ Test your carbon monoxide alarms (and smoke detectors) regularly. Honestly we do this as we think of it!
+ Have fire extinguishers on every level, especially in the kitchen and garage.
A few safety tips from First Alert that I loved and thought were important:
- Install carbon monoxide alarms on every level and in every bedroom
- Test regularly
- Replace batteries every 6 months
- Never leave a car running in an attached garage
- Do not use generators, gas powered tools or grills inside your house
- Plan and practice an escape route
- If your carbon monoxide alarm does sound, leave the house immediately and call 911.
And here’s a little graph on what each beep means:
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.