Carbon monoxide detectors are an important safety feature in your home. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can kill people in your home without warning, and these detectors are the first line of defense against this risk. Yet for wheelchair users, keeping CO detectors and fire alarms powered up can be a challenge since they’re often placed on the ceiling, which is well out of reach for those with mobility challenges.
As you work to keep your home safe, consider these tips for making sure your CO detectors and fire alarms are doing their job.
- Choose the right places – If you have a multi-floor home, even if you rarely visit one of the levels, every level needs CO detectors and fire alarms. For stand-alone CO detectors, one on each level in a central location is sufficient, but avoid placing these near windows or doors, because fresh air can impede their readings. If you’re using combination CO detectors and fire alarms, place one in each bedroom and in another central location. You don’t need one in the garage, where your car could set it off with normal use.
- Test alarms regularly – If your alarms don’t work, they’re not doing you any good. Test them once a month using the test button, and replace the batteries yearly, even if they appear to be working.
- Place alarms conveniently – Most people put their alarms on the ceiling, but you don’t have to. You’ll have an easier time testing it from your wheelchair if it’s lower. As long as it’s away from doors and windows but open to regular airflow in your home, a lower position is fine.
Even when installing CO detectors and fire alarms, you can focus on wheelchair accessibility while still improving the safety of your home. At Power Mobility & Lifts, our goal is to help wheelchair users throughout the greater Phoenix area live an independent, fulfilling life. If you have any questions about how to improve accessibility and safety throughout your home, give us a call today.
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