Fire Safety and Prevention in Your Home
Understanding common causes, hazards, and ways you can prevent fires in your home
The number might seem high when you hear it, but according to the American Red Cross, seven people on average die in a house fire every day, and 36 people deal with injuries from house fires on an everyday basis as well. It’s unfortunate to hear these kinds of figures, but the good news is that there are plenty of ways that you and your family can plan and avoid the risk of fires in your home.
Having the right equipment
There are some items you should not be without when it comes to fire safety. You already know what they are, and you might already have them. But what you need to make sure is that your smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and fire extinguisher are functioning properly.
Smoke detectors have been around for decades, and their importance has not waned. One of the most essential habits that you and your family will want to engage in is ensuring that your smoke detectors are working. At least once a month, test all detectors by pressing the test button that should be included on all detectors, or by following protocols provided to you by the detector's manufacturer.
Other tips to consider about smoke detectors:
- If you have a large house, you will likely need more smoke detectors to cover extra room. Homes with two levels should have at least one on each level. Any area where fire could start (e.g., kitchen, fire place) should have a detector nearby.
- It is suggested that you get interconnected smoke alarm system where one detector will cause all others in the household to sound all at once. With ADT smoke detection, an alarm getting sounded will lead to an ADT dispatcher getting notified that a possible situation is happening. You will be notified by an ADT dispatch center immediately.
- Replace your smoke detectors every 10 years, or as needed.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
You've probably heard all of the risks associated with carbon monoxide, but in case you have forgotten, take some time to remind yourself of the dangers. For one, carbon monoxide has been known as the silent killer due to the fact that it is an scentless gas. It cannot be smelled or seen, and once exposure has happened, serious risks, including death, are likely.
When it comes to carbon monoxide detection, the same rules as those of your smoke detector can be applied. It's important to make sure that you have at least one carbon monoxide detector efficiently functioning, and it is best to have your detectors in close proximity to sleeping areas. It is also highly suggested that carbon monoxide detectors be interconnected.
Ways to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in your home
Other than having functioning carbon monoxide detection in your home, preventing tragedy first lies with you as a homeowner. Take some time to review tips in preventing carbon monoxide poisoning in your or a loved one.
- NEVER use a charcoal grill inside of your home for any reason. This includes your garage.
- Ensure that your heating system, chimneys and vents are all up to code at least once a year. This can be done by a professional inspector/technician.
- If you need to employ a generator to keep your power running, keep the unit as far away from your home as possible.
- Test your carbon monoxide detector not only to ensure that it is working, but also so you recognize the sound that will happen in the event of an emergency.