Testing your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors is so easy to forget. After all, they are practically out of sight, and if all is going well, we don't even know they are there. It is a matter of life and death, however, and we need to make this PRIORITY #1 going into winter.
If you are like me, you change your batteries when you change the clocks, spring and fall. Sometimes, though, "life" happens, and some routine chores are forgotten. Let this be your reminder, it's time to make sure everything is good to go for winter. This means not only changing the batteries, but also testing your units.
Testing is simple, as most units have a "test" button. If your alarm does not sound, change the battery. If it still does not sound, replace the unit. Simple as that. It is recommended that all detectors be tested once per month and batteries changed every 6 months (or with the time changes).
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas; it can be generated in your house when fuel-burning appliances like furnaces and water heaters malfunction, or when generators and other devices are used improperly in or near the home. Carbon monoxide alarms can be used to warn you in the event that elevated and dangerous levels of the gas develop in your home.
So take heed, and make sure that your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are in good working order and are ready in case they are needed, God forbid....