Essential Fire Safety Tip: Listen for the Beep
Working smoke detectors save lives, the statistics show that they cut the chances you die in a home fire by half. But will you hear your smoke detector when it sounds?
Since half of all home fire deaths happen in the overnight hours (between 11pm and 7am), it is essential that your smoke detector is loud enough to wake you. So, where your smoke detectors are installed can make all the difference.
Location, Location, Location
This isn’t only true for real estate! According to the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA, when it comes to smoke detectors it’s all about location. The most important point about this year’s Fire Protection Month theme is having a working smoke detector in every bedroom in your home. In addition, the NFPA recommends a smoke detector outside of each separate sleeping area and on every floor, even the basement.
24/7 Fire Protection
Smoke detectors in every bedroom can save your life. What if you’re not home to hear them? Alarm Engineering monitored smoke detectors work with your home security system to automatically notify the fire department. Monitored smoke detection means you don’t have to be home to call the fire department if trouble starts. We all tend to think that we’re home most of the time, but how many of these scenarios apply to your household:
- Away from home while at work, for the evening, a long weekend, or an extended vacation
- Kids are home alone
- In a home where the elderly, disabled or hearing impaired live
- Pets at home alone
- If you are unable to make a phone call due to injury or smoke inhalation
This Fire Protection month, review your escape plan, check your smoke detectors and test your system. Any smoke detector over 10 years old should be replaced or sooner if they aren’t working properly.
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