Fire Alarms: Why are they important?
The possibility for a fire is always there. It is best to be safe than sorry, and the best way to prepare is by having a fire alarm. There are a few ways to keep fire alarms updated and working in the most efficient way:
Here's what you need to know
- Install smoke alarms in every single room and outside. Install alarms on every level of the home.
- Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Depending on the square footage, depends on how many alarms you may need.
- Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. If the alarm still does not work replace the batteries, and if it still doesn’t work replace it.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Create a family plan, so you have a meeting place to make sure everyone is accounted for in the home.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years, even if it still working.
WHY do you need a smoke alarm?
- In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
- The death rate per 100 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms
- Dead batteries caused one-quarter (24%) of the smoke alarm failures.
- (Facts from the Red Cross and local fire departments)
When fire damages occur, the damage can be detrimental but keeping your family safe is the number one priority. Fire alarms help do that from the second a fire occurs in your home.