The U.S. Fire Administration reported more than 362,000 home fires and nearly 3,000 home fire deaths in 2010. You can protect your family and reduce the risk of a fire in your home by installing a monitored smoke detector system. Below, is an excellent article published by Alarm.org that includes some excellent tips on preventing and detecting fires using home smoke detectors.
“There are two ways a smoke alarm can detect a fire: ionization and photoelectric. Ionization detection reacts to flaming fire that doesn’t contain much smoke. Photoelectric detection reacts to smoldering fire where a large amount of smoke is present. While both methods of detection can successfully alert you a fire, there is no way to predict which type of fire will occur in your home. Talk to your alarm company to determine what type of alarm is best for your home. Ensure each level of your home is equipped with at least one smoke alarm. Always place smoke alarms near the kitchen, each bedroom and outside of every sleeping area. Standard audible alarms are only useful if they work so be sure to test alarms each month, change all batteries twice a year and replace the entire alarm every ten years. To better protect your home from fire damage, consider upgrading your standard alarm system to a monitored alarm system. In the event of a fire, an operator will contact you to verify the emergency. Upon verification or no response, your alarm monitoring company will call on emergency responder immediately. This quick exchange can save your home from major damage or destruction.”
To further reduce your risk of a home fire, implement these fire safety tips into your everyday life:
- Never leave fire or heated surfaces unattended (stoves, candles, space heaters, barbecues, etc.)
- Properly dispose of coals by letting them cool before tossing them in the garbage
- Use surge protectors to avoid overloaded circuits
- Clean and inspect fireplaces on a regular basis
- Develop and practice a fire escape plan with your family”
Read the rest of the article here.