Smoke alarms save lives

In Home Maintenance Tips, Safety by Mark GoodmanLeave a Comment

I can’t tell you how many times we inspect homes and see missing alarms or ones that have been taken down and never replaced because they were chirping.

Everyone knows smoke alarms save lives!

So why do three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms?

“Smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.”

Alarm Placement-from BRK manual

So here are some things you should know and do. First make sure that you have working smoke alarms in every bedroom and within 6ft of every bedroom door outside the bedrooms. Make sure you have one on every level. If you have cathedral ceilings please see the illustration as to where to locate the alarm and if you have gas heat and or appliances install at least one carbon monoxide detector near or in the bedrooms. Larger homes may need additional smoke alarms. Test your smoke alarms monthly and make a fire escape plan. Practice it and make sure everyone knows where to meet once outside the house.

To read the rest of the article  which I originally wrote for Brewer Inspection Services please click here.