Why do we as a whole ignore the most basic safety issues until its too late. Manufacturers of everything from kitchen stoves and garage door openers to smoke alarms package their equipment with owners manuals that address how it should be installed and what maintenance will be needed. These manuals are rarely read and their contents is forgotten until there is a disaster, a home fire or injury. The kitchen stove comes with a bracket that attaches to the floor and prevents the stove tipping over if your three year old climbs up on an open oven door.
The garage door opener has exact measurements for the height the safety beam should be installed above the floor (between 4 and 6 Inches) and how the contact safety sensor should be set up so the door reverses and opens if it comes in contact with anything while closing.
Smoke alarm manufacturers suggest new batteries once a year and a time to replace the unit (usually 10 years).
Approximately 21% of deaths from a house fires were the result of dead batteries in the smoke alarms.
Your spouse, children, pets are surly worth more than a packet of AA batteries.
As home inspectors we see at least two out of these three simple safety features, uninstalled, damaged or not functioning every day. There are so many good reasons for safety to be a part of your seasonal check up.
There are more than 30,000 injures every year just involving garage doors. Do yourself a favor when getting a new appliance or find an old owners manual, give it a quick glance and see if there is a safety setting you need to address.