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The Importance of Smoke Alarms in Your Saegertown Home

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm on ceiling with fire in the background. “Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires.”

According to cpsc.gov, “Every year in the United States, about 2,000 people lose their lives in residential fires.” This is a tragic number that largely occurs from the lack of working smoke alarms in the home. Most of these people lost their lives from smoke inhalation rather than fire burns. To avoid this terrible disaster there are a few things you can do. Be intentional about smoke alarm placement. Which smoke alarm should you install? Make a fire escape plan!

Where Should I Place My Smoke Alarms?

Best practice for placing smoke alarms would be in the center of the ceiling or on the wall near the ceiling. Smoke alarms should also be placed on every level of this house. This allows household members to be aware that a fire has started no matter where they are located within the home. Also, do not forget that batteries should be replaced every year to ensure your safety.

What Kind of Smoke Alarm Should I Install?

Most people have never thought to ask this question before, so let us go into a little detail about types of smoke alarms. There are both ionization and photoelectric smoke alarms. According to cpsc.gov, they are “...better at detecting distinctly different yet potentially fatal fires…” If you have a smoke alarm that is prone to setting off almost every time you cook, that is because it is an ionization alarm. Switch to a photoelectric smoke alarm in your kitchen to prevent it from going off while cooking.

Make a Fire Escape Plan!

“Installing working smoke alarms is an essential, but smoke alarms don’t save lives unless everyone knows how to get out of the home safely” (cpsc.gov). When making an escape plan, you should create at least two routes to escape out of each room. Once you make it outside the home, make sure to stay outside of the home instead of running back in to get something. Your life is more important than anything in there.

To learn more about how SERVPRO of Crawford and Northeast Venango Counties can help you with a fire loss, call us at (814) 806-1987 or visit our Website!

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