How to Ensure You Will Wake up in the Event of a Fire
Did you know that, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), household fires claim the lives of an average of seven people per day in the United States? Most of these fatal fires occur at night — while the home’s occupants are sleeping. This underscores the need for an effective, reliable fire alarm system. Fire and smoke alarms provide the early detection and warning that can mean the difference between life and death.
Where to Place Smoke Alarms in Your Home
The NFPA also points out that the proper installation of smoke alarms is one of the most important fire safety precautions homeowners can take — their use can cut risk of dying in a household fire in half. It is vital to install enough smoke alarms throughout your home to ensure maximum coverage. Fire safety tips related to smoke alarm installation include:
- Bedrooms: Every bedroom should contain a functioning smoke alarm. You should also place an alarm outside all sleeping areas, such as a hallway where several bedrooms are located, particularly if you keep the bedroom doors closed while sleeping.
- At least one per floor: Once you have the bedrooms covered, place at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home.
- Basement: When installing a smoke alarm in your basement, place it at the bottom of the stairway that leads to your home’s upper level. Also, be sure to keep it away from furnaces or heating units that could trigger false or “nuisance” alarms.
- Kitchens and garages: It’s generally not advisable to place alarms in a kitchen or garage, as the smoke and fumes can set off nuisance alarms. If you do install one in your kitchen, keep it at least 10 feet away from cooking areas.
- Install high on the walls: Mount your alarm on a wall about 12 inches from the ceiling, so it will detect the smoke as it rises. If the room features a pitched ceiling, place the alarm about three feet from the peak, but not within the apex.
- Avoid drafts: Do not place alarms near doors or windows, as the drafts can prevent them from functioning properly.
- Test them regularly: Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Also, if an alarm makes a chirping sound, it typically means it’s time for a battery replacement.
Protect Your Family by Installing a Comprehensive Home Security System
A great way to ensure the health and safety of your family is by installing a state-of-the-art home security system that includes fire alarm functionality. If you live in the Phoenix, AZ area, Titan Alarm, Inc. can design and install a comprehensive security system that includes professionally monitored fire alarms, smoke and carbon dioxide detectors and much more. Systems are available with smart technology so you can monitor or control all connected devices remotely with your smartphone or tablet. Contact us to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation today.
Learn More About Fire Alarm Systems
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- How To Teach Your Kids About Fire Safety
- Most Common Causes Of Home Fires
Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.