It’s a very sad fact that on average 3,000 people die every year in the United States from the effects of a house fire. Many of these deaths might have been avoided if there were fully functioning smoke detectors in the house. Yes, these small appliances play a critical role when it comes to fire safety. Here are a few brief reminders:
Multiple smoke detectors should be fitted in a home depending on its size. A good rule would be to have one fitted on every inhabited floor of the home. This also includes the basement and garage. Having one in each bedroom would also be a good idea.
Having a fire exit plan is another vital step to surviving a house fire. Every member of the household should know what to do. Perform a fire drill every once in a while. It’s a good idea to do this at nighttime when everyone is sleeping as this is when the household is usually most at risk. Set off the smoke detectors to make sure they are loud enough to wake the whole household and that the sound is distinct enough so as not to be confused with any other sound.
Remember, a smoke detector is only effective if it is working properly. Do a simple test of them once a month to ensure they are working and do not require batteries. Another reminder is to NEVER disconnect batteries even when a sensitive smoke alarm becomes a nuisance. It is all too easy to forget to reconnect them again.
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