Devices to Deal with Home Dangers

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As Ben Franklin once noted, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Use these basic detection-device tips to help keep you and your family safe and sound.

Smoke alarms

1)     Install one in and outside each bedroom, with at least one on every level of the home.
2)     Test once a month, and replace after ten years.
3)     Consider interconnected smoke alarms—when one goes off, all of them do.

Carbon monoxide alarms

1)     Install one outside each bedroom, making sure that one is on every level of the home.
2)     Install a few feet from the ceiling, and keep them away from heat and humidity sources.
3)     Test at least once a month.
4)     Consider interconnected alarms and combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms.

Radon detectors

1)     Test for radon—a dangerous, colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas—twice a year.
2)     Use short-term kits (which test from 2 to 90 days) for quick results and long-term kits (several months) for greater accuracy.
3)     Contact an expert about remediation if you get high readings.