by Adam Hieb on October 4, 2013

Just this week, a Phoenix man died in his burning apartment from smoke inhalation because his smoke detector did not have batteries.  CBS 5 News reported that the fire started in the photokitchen and set off a neighboring resident’s smoke detector, who then called the police. Even before the fire had the opportunity to trap him, the man was overcome by inhaling the billowing smoke. Phoenix Firefighters found him in his bedroom and took him to the hospital, where he died the next day.

This story is proof that smoke detectors can save lives.  In the United States each year, there are an estimated 405,000 fires in residential homes, which cause nearly 3,600 fatalities, 18,600 injuries, and $4.7 billion in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.  To avoid any contribution to these numbers, we recommend that you not only install smoke detectors in every room in your home, but switch out the batteries annually or when the detectors begin making chirping noises.

Cindy from the Shea Homes Customer Care Team shows you how to change your smoke detector batteries in this video.  To perform this task, you will need a ladder and either a 9-volt battery or a double A battery, depending on the smoke detector that is installed in your home.  Climb up the ladder so you are within reach of the smoke detector, open the smoke detector door and pull out the old battery so you can replace it with the new one.  Once the new battery is in the smoke detector, close the smoke detector door and press the button on the device to make sure that the detector is working.  You will instantly hear those annoying screeching sounds, but testing that the smoke detector works, is the most important step!

If for some reason you don’t have a smoke detector in your home and you are unsure of how to go about getting one installed, simply call the Phoenix Fire Department for help and information.   Earlier this year in April, Phoenix Firefighters went door-to-door handing out and installing free smoke detectors, funded by local businesses.  Smoke detectors are also sold at any home improvement store. ABC 15 reported on the story, saying that most people killed in fires die in their sleep from breathing in too much smoke.

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