We had lunch yesterday and were talking about water alarms and wondering why she didn't have one in place at her rental and also why neither of us have one in our home. It just goes to show you that even people with years of experience don't always do the obvious thing.
Now we both have it on our immediate 'to do' list to stop by a hardware store and for as little as $12 pick up a water detector to put near our water heaters. I suggest each of you do the same!
Here's a link to one you should be able to pick up at your local Ace Hardware Leak Alert Electronic Water Detector. ($12.99)
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
I don't think I can stress enough how important it is for you to have carbon monoxide detectors in your home. If you have any gas or wood fired appliances in your home, and you don't currently have carbon monoxide detectors, I suggest you get into your car, right now, and go buy them. In Colorado it's the LAW. Colorado Carbon Monoxide Law
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says:
"Unintentional CO exposure accounts for an estimated 15,000 emergency department visits and 500 unintentional deaths in the United States each year"
Please don't let you or someone in your family be one of these statistics. I've talked about this many times before and have even written several blog posts related to this issue which are linked below:
Kitchen Fire Extinguisher
For just over $50 you can protect your family and your home from potential disasters. Please consider purchasing these items if you currently do not have them in your home.