Check Your Smoke Detectors!

When you set your clocks back an hour recently for the end of Daylight Savings Time, The Hearth & Patio Shoppe hopes that you also checked the batteries inside smoke and carbonsmoke detector monoxide detector alarms in your home to make sure they are working as they should be. Public health advocacy and educational organizations like the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommend that homeowners make these battery checks once or twice a year, and it can be easier to remember to do this task if you do it when you spring forward into Daylight Savings Time and when you fall back into Standard Time each year. It is so important to take this time in the spring and in the fall to check to see if your smoke detectors are working correctly because those five to ten minutes can save your life. We would like to tell you more about how to make sure you have protected your home from the risk of an accidental fire with smoke detector alarms.

Why do I need to check the batteries on my smoke alarms more than once a year?

According to the CPSC, approximately 2,000 people are killed every year in residential fires; however, most of these deaths are due to smoke and toxic gas inhalation and occur at night when families are sleeping. Without a smoke alarm in place to wake you up, you may not have the time to safely escape. About two-thirds of home fire deaths take place in homes without working smoke detector alarms.

Where in my home should I install my smoke detector alarms for the best protection?

To be the safest that you could possibly be against the risk of an accidental fire, there are several smoke detector alarm installation aspects to think about before you install them. The Hearth & Patio Shoppe recommends that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing these alarms, which include placing one on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside every sleeping area. This can help to be sure that you will be awoken in case of a fire and that you will have time to escape to safety outside of your home.

What are some other important tips regarding smoke detector alarms?

While it is recommended to include both the ionization and photoelectric types of detector alarms on each floor, you should never install a photoelectric type of alarm in your kitchen because it will likely become a nuisance alarm when you are cooking. You also need to make sure you and your family know the planned escape route in case they hear this alarm sound in the middle of the night.

Make sure you are protected from accidental fires by checking the batteries in your smoke detector alarms when you move your clocks in the spring and the fall. For more helpful fire safety tips to follow in your home, contact us today at The Hearth & Patio Shoppe to hear more about what to do to stay safe.

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