We normally don’t check all of our smoke detectors, fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. We only curse at them when their batteries go dim in the middle of the night and start randomly beeping.
We realize we need to take fire safety more seriously.
Did you know that in order to sell a house in New Jersey, you have to pass fire inspection 10 days prior to closing? Well, we sold our old house (and yes, pigs do fly). So I had to look up all the rules and regulations and install the right equipment. Fortunately, this was an easy task that required a tall man plus a few simple supplies from Zaentz Hardware.
Then a nice Montclair fireman named Terrance Swan came in to check it all out. He even invited my kids and I to the firehouse. Kids can stop by anytime for a tour. This activity is a must this week while I’m on staycation with my kids.
We’ve all vowed to be safe. In fact, we’re going through our new house now to make sure we have all the precautions in place. Take my local fire safety quiz on the next page to see how much you know…
1. How many smoke detectors are required on each floor?
2. Where does the fire extinguisher have to be stored?
3. Do you have to place smoke detectors in the stairs?
4. How often must you replace your smoke detector batteries?
How many of the questions above did you get correct? For a complete list of the local fire safety guidelines, click on the Montclair Fire Department website.
Answers: 1) 1; 2) kitchen in plain sight with instructions visible; 3) yes, on the ceiling above the first step going up to the second floor; 4) every six months.