Fire Prevention Week, set for Oct. 9-15, reminds us of the importance of fire safety techniques. While keeping that in mind, it is also a good idea to make sure your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are connected, have fresh batteries and are operating properly. Properly positioned and installed smoke and CO detectors are an inexpensive way to help keep your family safe from home fire and carbon monoxide threats.
Even in this day and age of more fire prevention awareness, smoke detector negligence continues to be a problem. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that approximately 60% of home fire deaths from 2009-2013 happened in homes with no smoke alarms or improperly or non-working smoke alarms. The NFPA goes on to say that a working smoke detector can cut your chances of dying in a home fire in half.
The importance of smoke alarms can never be overstated and fully functional detectors should be installed on each level of your home and especially inside bedrooms. Testing should be done monthly. Check the wiring on electricity-powered alarms and ensure they have a battery backup in the event of a power outage. Batteries should be changed in non-electrical detectors frequently… a good time is the changing of Daylight Savings Time each fall and spring. If new batteries do not do the trick, it is time to replace the old detector with a new one. This should be done every 10 years regardless of operational status.
As the fall and winter seasons approach, please remember that your furnace should receive a thorough inspection and tune-up. This will keep your furnace operating properly and reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. And it is always a good safety measure to install a carbon monoxide detector.
See our blog from earlier this month about more information concerning furnace tune-up, CO poisoning, and CO detector options. And, of course, have your home’s electrical and HVAC systems inspected regularly by licensed professionals to make sure your furnace is operating safely. Call the General today for your peace of mind.