First Line of Defense
This article was published on: 02/18/16 11:59 PM by Curt
Once a fire starts in your home, you may only have a matter of minutes to be able to get out safely. A functional smoke alarm can double the residents chances of surviving a fire. Faulty smoke alarms, due to diminished capacity or dead batteries, will be useless should a fire start in your home.
Smoke detectors should be installed in all sleeping rooms, hallways, kitchen, and laundry rooms.
Combination Carbon Monoxide – Smoke Detectors should be placed in the basement near to your furnace or hot water heater.
Smoke detectors in place should have a test switch installed and should be tested on a quarterly basis. Batteries should be replaced a minimum of once a year, or when you adjust your clocks to Daylight Savings Time and Eastern Standard Time.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one cause of house fires is from cooking, or foods left unattended in the stove or on a burner.