Using a fire alarm or smoke detectors to protect a home from fire is just as important as using a burglar alarm to protect against intruders. Your home security practices must cover all bases, which is why we do our very best to offer so many safety and avoidance tips on subjects like home invasions, environmental disasters and break-ins. Sadly, a number of recent fire-related deaths in the news prompt the writing of this post. We want to do our best to make sure that you have the tools needed to survive a fire should one ever break out in your home.
Do You Have the Right Equipment?
Most homes are already equipped with one or more smoke detectors. In fact, in most places throughout the United States these life-saving devices are legally required to be installed in public buildings as well as in private homes. While smoke detectors are commonplace, how many of you know what kinds of devices you have in your homes and why this information is so important?
Ionization Vs. Photoelectric Smoke Detectors
An ionization smoke detector sounds an alert whenever it detects smoke which has originated from an actual flame. A photoelectric smoke detector, on the other hand, sounds an alert whenever smoke from a smoldering source has been detected. Of the two, a photoelectric alarm typically costs more, but is highly recommended in order to alert homeowners against dangers such as a cigarette smoldering on a mattress (which an ionization alarm may not detect soon enough to allow an occupant to extinguish the threat or escape).
While both types of alarms are important, if you inspect your smoke detectors and find that you’ve only got the ionization type (which are the most common types found in homes likely due to their cost), we strongly urge you to also install a photoelectric device such as the GE Interlogix Wireless Smoke Detector featured on our main page. Doing so helps increase your security against both types of threats.
Advice On Your Home’s Smoke Detectors
At least one smoke detector should be placed in the hallway near the bedrooms in your home. Remember to place a separate detector near bedrooms that are far apart or located on another floor. A detector should also be placed in common areas, such as a living room or dining room, too. Consult your local fire agency or state and federal resources for more advice on where detectors should be placed in your home.
For wireless devices, keep an adequate supply of batteries on hand. Smoke detectors will emit a warning sound (often a brief chirp) when a battery is losing power. Use a product like Smoke! In a Can Detector Test Spray once per month in order to ensure that your device is working properly. And never ever disable or disconnect an alarm unless you are changing its batteries.
Install a Fire Alarm For Better Fire Protection
Certainly, every commercial business should install a fire alarm, but these may also come in handy for residential use, too. If you live in a large house, a dormitory or a multi-unit dwelling, an alarm like the Edwards Fire Alarm Pull Station just might be a lifesaver someday. As these alarms are activated manually, an occupant can immediately alert everyone within earshot of the piercing signal whenever a fire danger is recognized.
Fire Safety Is Home Security
According to the United States Fire Administration, nearly 2,500 people were killed in residential fires in 2011 and more than 14,000 people suffered from house fire injuries. The material damage from these fires also resulted in losses totalling several billions of dollars. As disheartening as these figures are, the fact that most fires of this type can be prevented is even more frustrating. While most of our conversations about home security revolve around possible threats from the outside, these numbers help underscore the very real threats that smoke and fire present to our homes and our families.
For Questions and More Information
Ordinarily, we can answer all of your questions about specific home security devices and how to complete a DIY installation. And while we are well-versed on the smoke detectors and fire alarms sold on our main site, different jurisdictions enforce different codes concerning the installation and placement of these devices. Therefore, should you have specific questions about installing a smoke detector or a fire alarm in your home or at your business, please visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website.
Comments About Your Smoke Detector or Fire Alarm?
When was the last time you tested your smoke detectors or your fire alarm? Do you have additional batteries on hand so that you can immediately replace your current ones when they run out? Do you have questions about the features offered with a smoke detector or a fire alarm sold in our store? Did we leave any important information out of this post? We look forward to continuing this discussion after you’ve left your comments in the space provided below.
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