Don't Make The Same Mistake That I Did

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The mistake I made could have been fatal. The story goes like this:

We were having some issues with our furnace not igniting properly. Additionally, the house wasn't heating very well when it was cold outside. It seems the furnace would run and run and run.

Interesting enough, I've always kept a Home Warranty on our house and so I decided to call American Home Shield and in no time, they had a technician at our door.

I explained the problem, he went up and adjusted the fan and a couple of other things on the furnace and wow, we had heat! When the technician came down from the attic (where our furnace sits) he asked me if we have a Carbon Monoxide Alarm? I said, "Yes" and he asked, "Is it operational?" I said, "Sure..... We keep it down by floor level and I'm sure it's working". He then said, "Do me a favor and go check the batteries now". It was missing the batteries. What a wake up call that was. It doesn't matter who did it but someone in our family had pulled the batteries!

How easy it could have been to become a statistic because our Carbon Monoxide Alarm wasn't working. More important I am always telling others, "Make sure you have a Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Alarm and that it is working". It now works!

PLEASE: Check your alarm today and if you don't have one - GO BUY IT NOW!!! Don't make the same mistake that I did.


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Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

David- Excellent reminder, with it being the first of the year now is a great time to check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

Jan 16, 2012 08:34 AM #1
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Amanda, thanks for stopping by and you are right - the first of the year is a great time to make sure Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors are working.

Jan 16, 2012 08:35 AM #2
Karen Winters, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Koenig Rubloff Realty Group - Chicago, IL - Chicago, IL
Chicago, IL

David, this is such an important message anytime of the year, but especially now.  Thanks for getting the word out.

Jan 16, 2012 08:38 AM #3
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

David,  Glad to hear you caught it in time.  We never think about those kinds of things until it's sometimes too late.   You would be surprised how many I find where the batteries are dead...

Jan 16, 2012 08:55 AM #4
David Burrows
Classic Realty - Fairfax, VA
No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate

Karen, thanks for sharing today. We do need to get the word out.

Vince, my home inspector often tells people I would rather not read about your untimely death in an obituary. I am grateful we caught in time, too.

Jan 16, 2012 09:48 AM #5
Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville

That reminds me to check my batteries too. A small task that could save lives.

Jan 16, 2012 03:24 PM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Very good advice for all of us.

Have a great day and be sure to have your camera in hand for those special moments.

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Jan 17, 2012 04:42 AM #7
Donna Schmidt
American Home Shield - Fredericksburg, VA



Thanks for having American Home Shield! :)

Feb 09, 2012 12:59 PM #8
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