Neglecting to Check Your Smoke Alarm Can Cost You Dearly

testing smoke detectorFire and smoke can wreak havoc on your home, belongings, and health. Home fires are usually unexpected and incredibly costly. The costs can be huge both financially and emotionally. Don't let a fire destroy your home or even your life. One simple thing that you can do to protect your home and loved ones from fire is to install and maintain smoke alarms in your home. In a fire, smoke spreads incredibly quickly and can start causing damage instantly. Smoke alarms offer an unparalleled warning system to help you get out and get help as quickly as possible. Our experience in fire and smoke restoration has led us to be advocates for smoke alarm systems. We've outlined some smoke alarm and fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association below to help you get the most fire protection from your smoke alarms.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

  • Install smoke alarms around the home so that you can easily hear an alarm from anywhere in the house. This is especially important inside and outside each bedroom. You should also install smoke alarms on each story of the home, even the basement. Don't install them too close to the stove in the kitchen or your cooking experiments will set it off and sound a false alarm.
  • Smoke alarms should be on the ceiling or high on a wall because the smoke will rise.
  • Interconnected smoke alarm systems work best. This means that when one smoke alarm goes off, then all of them will.
  • You should test your smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the button and waiting for an acoustic response.
  • Replace your smoke alarms when they hit 10 years old.
  • There are 2 common types of alarms: ionization and photoelectric. They detect flaming fires and smoldering fires respectively, so both should be used in the home.
For those that are hard-of-hearing, there are special smoke alarms that incorporate strobe lights and can even shake the bed! Home Fire Escape Plan
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