Smoke Alarms & Your Family
Smoke detectors. Smoke alarms. Nuisance alarms. Poor cooking skills indicators. Baby sleep interrupters. Ridiculous. Unnecessary.
Why Do We Need Smoke Alarms?
No matter what you call them, smoke detectors save lives by alerting you, the occupant, to the deadly gasses and smoke that immediately proceed a fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA.com), nearly 1450 deaths occur annually in America in homes with out a working smoke detector. That number is about 60% of all fire related fatalities. “The death rate per 100 reported fires was more than twice as high in homes with no or no working smoke alarms (1.18 deaths per 100 fires) as it was in fires with working smoke alarms (0.53 deaths per 100 fires). The lowest fire death rates were seen in homes with hardwired smoke alarms and sprinklers. Victims in homes with working smoke alarms were more likely to have been in the area of origin. They were also more likely to be 65 or older, to have a physical disability or to have tried to fight the fire themselves.” (NPFA.com)
Basic Smoke Alarm Maintenance
Smoke alarms work great when they are maintained; but many people do not think about their early warning life safety systems until the unit is starting to malfunction. These units need to have a working battery (generally 9 Volt and changed once per year), be cleaned regularly (blow out the air from the vents/slots), and the entire unit needs to replaced on average every 8 to 10 years. If you take these simple steps, you home should have a tested and proven early alerting system that saves countless lives for many years to come. Remember, what you do to one unit- you should do to all units at the same time. Only cleaning or replacing the battery in one unit can still cause a system-wide malfunction. Remember, our job is safety. Your job should be your family and home life. Hire us to help keep them safe. We always come to you on your schedule.
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