Moving into a new home is a happy — and hectic — time. There’s so much to do! We know your to-do list is overflowing in the days and weeks after purchasing a home. But we wanted to share with you two tasks that you’ll want to put at the top of your to-do list to help keep you and your family healthy and safe.

Replace the batteries and inspect the smoke alarms. It’s one of the first things you’ll want to do after getting the keys to your new home. The batteries in battery-powered smoke detectors should be changed at least once a year. The units themselves should be replaced every 10 years. You’ll want to test units monthly. First, check to see if there are existing smoke detectors. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. If there are existing smoke detectors but you aren’t sure how old the smoke detectors are in your new home, replace them. Then, make sure you have enough smoke detectors. If they are not placed in those places recommended, additional smoke detectors should be one of your first purchases.

Check or install carbon monoxide alarms. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. Make sure your new home has CO detectors on each floor. If not, purchase these when you purchase smoke detectors. You will also want to ensure they are replaced every five years. (Check each alarm’s manufacture date so you know when it’s time for replacement.) While people often think of carbon monoxide poisoning being associate with gas heaters or fireplaces, you don’t need carbon monoxide detectors only during the winter months — carbon monoxide is a year-round threat. If your new home has any gas appliances, such as a gas range or water heater, make sure you have them serviced annually by a professional.

Don’t overlook these two simple but oh-so-important tasks. You will be able to rest easier knowing your family is safe. And you’ll need it after the excitement and work of moving in.

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