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We bought our first house last year. And although we absolutely love it, we started with a long list of tasks we wanted to complete. If you look at the listing pictures, you will probably guess that we looked forward to replacing fans, lights, door hardware, light switchplates, and outlet covers from the day we moved in.
But certain things came first–particularly increased safety measures.
Smoke detectors, for example. The house had only one, in the hallway leading to the bedrooms. We bought three others (these First Alert smoke alarms with escape lights) and installed them in two of the bedrooms and the living room, which is near the kitchen.
We also bought a carbon monoxide detector (this Kidde battery-operated carbon monoxide alarm with a digital display) and installed it on a wall adjacent to the garage.
And frankly it was a cheap one to begin with. So we replaced it. My mother-in-law is a first responder, and she recommended a 5 lb. fire extinguisher with metal parts. The one we purchased (this Amerex one) cost us less than $50 at Amazon. It is covered by a six-year warranty, but will allegedly last for decades. And it mounts on the wall (in the garage, which is right next to our kitchen) so nicely! (We took the old one to the hazmat division at the landfill, by the way.)
Did you check and replace your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and alarms and your fire extinguisher when you moved into your home? Have you checked them recently? How do you remind yourself each year to check the batteries in your alarms and recharge your fire extinguisher if necessary? Post your thoughts in the comments!