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Some have a solid scheduled routine of checking their smoke alarms on a certain day of the year and that's a good thing.  But fires can happen any time of the year and batteries aren't guaranteed to last a full year.  Please, I say it again - please - check your alarms more often.  Today, would be good!  Take five minutes to check them - your life may depend on them.  And if getting up there to check your smoke detector is difficult, get creative.  A group of seniors in Ontario did just that, with old discarded pool cues.

Learn more about smoke detectors.

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Find out if you should have an active carbon monoxide detector too.

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