It’s Fall: Time To Upgrade Your Smoke Alarm
There’s a common household appliance that we rarely think about. Yet it’s one of the most important in your home; one that can literally save your life.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that during the five year period from 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in just 53 percent of all home fires. Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from the home not having a working smoke detector in place.
To improve your odds of avoiding injury in the event of a home fire, a few precautions is all it will take. Install smoke alarms throughout your home. Then make sure they work. Luckily there are many different types of smoke alarms on the market today; you can have them installed and keep them working in many ways.
You can find standard, battery operated smoke detectors for just a few dollars. You can often find them in combo packs to give you several smoke alarms to scatter throughout your home. Ensure you have an alarm on every floor. Also, make sure you have one in every bedroom, to keep your family safe and secure as they sleep.
While older buildings often have smoke detectors hardwired into the home’s electrical system, with today’s technology, consider adding wireless smoke detectors for ease of use. They make it easy to install and connect multiple units without rewiring.
Like many other home appliances, you can now invest in smoke alarms that are connected to an app on your smartphone or tablet. The alarm will self-test the battery, show you when it needs replacing, and will connect with you if a problem arises. It’s a great way to be warned of a potential emergency, no matter where you are in the world.
Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Combos
If you have combustion appliances – fireplaces, gas-forced heating, gas appliances – be sure you invest in a carbon monoxide detector too. Many of today’s smoke alarms come with a carbon monoxide combo that gives you dual protection.
You might be surprised at how many options there are. Try a miniature smoke detector, that is considerably smaller than most smoke alarms on the market. Because they’re smaller and more unobtrusive, you can be freer to put them everywhere in your home. Want something more futuristic? A quick search will help you find that too. We’ve seen smoke detectors in many shapes, sizes, and colors. While the overall goal is to keep you safe, there’s no reason you can’t get them to fit your decor.
When’s the last time you updated you smoke alarms?