Time to Check Your Batteries!

06 May

Inside Smoke DetectorMost of us remember to change the batteries in our household smoke alarms on a regular basis. If you’re like me, it’s because the smoke alarm lets out an annoying beep every few minutes when the battery gets low.

The luxury in that is that you are in your home all year round, so you are likely to hear it.  If you happen to store your RV for the winter, and your battery dies during storage, then you aren’t likely to hear the beeping when you prep your RV for the season.

This makes it extra important to remember to check your RV smoke alarms at the beginning of the season.  

If you live in a warmer climate, such as the southern United States, you may not even store your RV for the winter; you may use it all year round.  If so, then remember to check your smoke alarm batteries on a regular basis. At a bare minimum, you should check the batteries and the status of the alarm twice each year.

I try to remember to check the batteries in my smoke alarms when I check the alarms in my house. Some homes have smoke alarms that are wired into the electrical system, so there may not be a battery to change.  If that’s the case for you, then it’s very easy to forget about the smoke detector in your RV.

When checking the battery in your smoke alarm, you should also test it using the built-in test button.  It’s also important to remember that a smoke alarm usually has a lifespan of 8-10 years.  Replace it if it’s older than that or if you aren’t sure of the age.  It’s a small price to pay for safety.

Having a properly functioning smoke alarm in your RV greatly reduces the risk of losing your investment to a fire.

It’s not just money that you can save though, a working smoke alarm could someday save your life, and the lives of your family.  You can’t place a dollar figure on that.

Tip: Check the smoke alarms in your house while you’re checking the ones in your RV.



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