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It’s crucial to protect your home from potential fires. You never know when one will occur, so it’s best to be cautious and select a smoke alarm. It can literally save lives and your property. It certainly beats the alternative.
Did you know that in 2015 alone, there were over 500,000 structural fires throughout the country? According to the National Protection Association (NFPA), these fires resulted in 13,000 injuries, nearly 3,000 deaths and over $10 billion in property damage. Time-wise, there’s a structural fire roughly every minute and every twenty-six seconds. And every 34 minutes, someone is injured in a fire.
Fortunately, many fire-related incidents can be prevented by a functioning smoke alarm. They provide enough warning for you to react, get out and contact the fire department and other emergency personnel. Keep in mind that to adequately protect your home, you should place a smoke detector in each bedroom, the kitchen, living room and at least one in another room on each floor.
Smoke alarms come in a variety of types and have an assortment of features, so it’s important to know what options they come in. It’s good to know your different options, so that you’ll select the appropriate device for your home.
Whichever product you select, it’s up to you to ensure the life and proper function of your smoke detector. If you select a smoke detector that is battery-operated, make sure you keep track of the battery life. Most devices will begin to chirp once the batteries have reached a critical point. When this happens, be sure to replace the batteries immediately.
Each device features a test button, which you should check on a monthly basis. When working, the smoke detector will emit a siren. Also, be sure to regularly dust the device, ensuring that they are free from dust and lint that could potentially impact their performance.