Did you know that approximately 3,000 people in the United States lose their lives due to house fire-related causes every year? This is a terrible statistic, what is even more tragic is that many of these deaths could have been avoided if there were enough, working smoke detectors in the building. So then, a good question to ask is: Do I have enough smoke detectors in my home? And, are they in good working order?
For a smoke detector or carbon monoxide detector to do its job, it must be installed correctly, have its batteries checked frequently, and must NEVER be disconnected for any reason, even temporarily due to burnt food etc. It is far to easy to forget to reconnect them. Test all smoke detectors once a month to make sure they’re working efficiently.
You will most probably need more than one smoke detector depending on how large your property is. A good rule is to have one installed on every occupied floor of the house. Don’t forget to include the garage and basement as well. It is also wise to put one in every bedroom.
While a smoke detector will alert you to fire, it’s important to have a fire exit plan that the entire household is aware of. They should all know what steps to take if a fire breaks out. Have periodic fire drills, this is a good thing to do at night when everyone is sleeping. While it’s annoying, it is generally the time when the household would be at its most vulnerable. Ensure the smoke detectors can successfully wake up all members of the household, including small children and that the sound is distinct enough to recognize.
By following some simple fire safety guidelines, you are ensuring your family is as safe as possible in the event of fire.