300 Seconds: Battery Patrol

Daylight Saving Time ended last weekend, and I’m sure you saw the reminders from news outlets to change the smoke detector batteries in our homes. But I have a question for you.

Did you do it?

If you’ve been reading Books & Whatnot for a while, you know that I like to hop on the home safety bandwagon and remind you to not only check the batteries in your bookstore smoke detectors, but also check the batteries in your emergency flash lights.

Most smoke detectors use 9V batteries, but some of the newer models are switching to AA. And flashlight batteries vary so widely, it’s best just to open them and see what you need.

Since sensors in smoke detectors deteriorate, it’s recommended that you change your detectors–not just the batteries–every 10 years. If you’re at that point and you’re considering installing ‘smart’ smoke and carbon monoxide detectors — like The Nest Project, First Alert or Roost, which use wireless protocol to notify you on your phone of battery drainage DURING WAKING HOURS — be warned that if you replace one smoke detector with smart technology, you have to replace all detectors with smart technology.

For now, take 300 seconds to take inventory of your situation. And whether you spend a few minutes this afternoon changing batteries or placing a call to an electrician, hopefully you’ll end the day with peace of mind.


Beth Golay

Beth is a reader, writer, marketer and Books & Whatnot founder. Even though she knows better, she's a sucker for a good book cover and will positively swoon if a book is set in appropriate type. @BethGolay