I don’t write about safety enough and, quite honestly, it’s because I rarely think about it. I know, I know, I’m a horrible example of what to do when it comes to keeping your home protected against fire and carbon monoxide. At least, I WAS a horrible example until today.
This was my smoke detector. It still worked, but it was a little on the gnarly side and I decided that if I was going to start caring about grown-up things like “home owners insurance” and “property value,” then a new smoke alarm really couldn’t hurt.
I bought one that was a little on the cheap side. As you may be aware, I am 100% comfortable with cheap things, but I admit I did hesitate for 4.3 seconds as I thought about the repercussions of buying a low end smoke detector. Worse case scenario? It won’t work when I need it, which could be a very big problem. But then the logic kicked in. Things like smoke detectors MUST abide by federal regulations (like baby formula) so no matter how cheap it is, there is a standard that it has to adhere to or else it can’t be sold. So I bought the cheap ones and skipped my way out of the store.
Plus with the money I saved on buying the lower priced smoke alarms, I was able to spring for a superman style battery (OK it was like $4; not exactly going to break me).
My first order of business was to remove Grandpa Smoke Detector. The alarm part twisted off easily and then I just had to unscrew the brace from the rafters. Easy peasy, it was down in a snap.
Then I put the new brace up… upside down.
Once I flipped the brace back over, and screwed it to the rafter correctly, all I had to do was put in the battery and slide the alarm into place. Aside from my own stupidity, it was really a super easy process.
Next I moved on to the carbon monoxide detector. I just found another empty rafter, took the brace and used it as a template to drill holes for the screws.
Once the holes were drilled, I tightened a couple screws inside of them. I put batteries in the detector and slid the brace into place on the detector and hung the completely assembled unit onto the rafter.
It honestly couldn’t have been easier and I sort of feel like a champ. Now I have a little family of safety screamers just in case something catastrophic happens..like me trying to cook.