Until your new Halo units are delivered, it’s still important to make sure that your current smoke alarms are in good working order. In order to protect yourself and your family from fire, check your smoke alarm regularly. Three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoking alarms, or where smoke alarms were present but failed to operate. Test all your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke detectors and alarms have a ‘test’ button that causes the alarm in a properly-functioning device to sound. Most detectors also have a light that glows or blinks to show that the device is receiving power. To test your device, use a small stepladder to climb up to push the test button, or use a broom handle for extra reach. If you push the test button but do not hear an alarm, then it’s time to replace the battery (or, failing that, to replace the device). After testing the batteries, it’s also important to test the smoke detection sensor. Waft smoke from two or three wood kitchen matches towards the device to see whether or not the smoke is detected by your alarm. The National Fire Protection Association recommends replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years. If your home’s smoke alarms have not been replaced in a decade, then it’s time for new ones! You can order Halo through this link (coming soon!).