Lifesaving Smoke Detector Safety Tips

Smoke Detector in the smoke of a fire.

Did you know that home smoke detectors have cut the number of fire-related fatalities by 50% since they were introduced more than 40 years ago? That number alone should motivate every homeowner to make sure this small appliance is installed and working properly at all times. Do you have smoke detectors in all the required locations in your home? Are they interconnected to give your family the most time possible to get out? Here are some tips that could save lives.

 

Posted on: December 29, 2015

Where to Locate Smoke Alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there should be a smoke detector inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on each level of the home, including the basement. On a level with no bedrooms, alarms should be installed in the main living area or near the stairway leading to the upper level, or both.

When the Alarm Goes Off

Planning what to do when the alarm sounds is almost as important as having alarms. Discuss with your family members the escape routes you will use in the event of a fire, and then regularly hold fire drills. Where possible, plan two routes of escape from every room. Store fire ladders in rooms not located on the first floor in the event escape through a window is necessary.

Smoke Alarms Don’t Last Forever

At least every six months, clean dust from your alarms and push the test button to ensure they are functioning properly. Avoid painting a smoke alarm. You should change the batteries in a smoke alarm every time you adjust your clocks for daylight saving time, or in the spring and fall. If your smoke detectors are 10 years old, or if you don’t know how old they are, you should replace them.

Smoke Alarms Go High-Tech

Did you know that wired detectors can now be replaced with wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors? With this system, the alarms communicate with each other and all alarms will sound if one detects smoke. Because there are no wires to pull through existing walls, wireless systems provide a very cost-effective way to bring existing properties up to code when remodeling or adding on home additions in Dallas, TX.

Fire Safety Saves Lives

Hatfield Builders and Remodelers, a leading home remodeler in Dallas TX, reminds you to make sure your home and family is safe, sound and secure. If you don’t have a smoke alarm, get one or as many as you need – today.

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