Although losing your home to a house fire, might seem far-fetched, house fires are actually quite common. Over a period of four years, fire was responsible for nearly two-thirds of lost residential structures. A myriad of causes sparks fire – faulty wiring, arson, cigarettes, appliances and candles. With so many sources, you must take precautions against fire for home protection and safeguard your loved ones.
- Install Detectors– Placement and type of smoke detectors matter. Install both ionization and photoelectric detectors; they detect different types of fires at different times. Each level of your home needs a working detector. If your house is large, install multiple. Locate detectors near the center of rooms away from recessed ceilings, fans, air vents, doors, stoves, and lights. Test detectors monthly and change batteries every six months.
- Be Smart with Heat– Safely use hot items like the stove, space heaters, fireplaces, clothing irons and curling irons. Do not leave heat sources unattended and do not store combustibles nearby (i.e. don’t stack wood next to your fireplace).
- Plan Your Escape– Have an escape plan – no matter where you are located and no matter where the fire breaks out in your home. Purchase an escape ladder for each room of a multi-story house. Install egress windows in the basement. Fire climbs, blocking stairwells in a matter of seconds.
- Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher and Know How to Use It– Store one or many ABC-rated fire extinguishers in easy-access locations around your house (the kitchen and near the fireplace are ideal spots). Read the instructions, so you know how to use the extinguisher before you find yourself in an emergency. Remember the PASS acronym which stands for Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the trigger and Sweep from side to side.
- Use Caution with Flammable Items– Read the labels on household chemicals, paying close attention to the fire safety precautions and follow storage instructions.
What Do Home Security Systems Have to Do with Fire and Safety?
Most people underestimate the danger of home fires and overestimate their ability to act in an emergency situation.
- In as little as 30 seconds, fire can engulf an entire room.
- During a fire, room temperature quickly reaches 600 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 315° C).
- Dark smoke blackens rooms within seconds.
- Smoke confuses and causes asphyxiation. In fires, more people die from smoke inhalation than burns.
During a fire, a properly installed security system with additional fire detection devices provides notification to emergency responders.
Arpel Security Systems: Professional Residential Security Systems
Outfit your home with a complete fire safety alarm system, including a variety of monitored fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and more. In addition to potential lives saved, professional fire safety systems might also reduce the cost of your home insurance. To determine what your home needs to fully protect your family from fire danger, contact our professionals at Arpel Security Systems.