October is National Fire Prevention Month which is a great time to evaluate the preventative measures you are taking to protect your home from the threat of fire. Alarm systems with fire protection have been proven to save lives. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke detectors. Here are some safety tips to help you improve your home’s fire safety plan:
Placement of Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom of the home. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Larger homes may need more alarms. A smoke alarm should be placed on the ceiling or high up on a wall. It is best to keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
Type of Fire Alarm System
Today’s smoke detectors are technologically advanced enough to respond to a variety of fire scenarios while avoiding false alarms. For the best protection, make sure all smoke detectors are interconnected and hardwired so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.
Age matters when it comes to your smoke alarms. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working. Never test your fire alarm system with real smoke.
A life-saving smoke detector that is part of a smart home automation system is always safer, smarter, and more efficient than a standalone smoke detector, particularly when it comes to acting in an emergency. In the event of a fire, our smart home security system detects the smoke, sounds the alarm, and alerts professional assistance. It also knows to shut down the HVAC to reduce the spread of smoke and can automatically unlock smart locks to help for a faster exit.
With fire alarm monitoring from ABC Fire and Burglar Alarm, you can be assured that you are receiving the best protection for your home. In addition to fire protection, you can also save up to 20% on your homeowners’ insurance with a monitored fire alarm system. If you are interested in installing a fire alarm system contact us to schedule a free consultation.