The safety of your home or workplace is of paramount importance. Smoke alarms were invented to warn you if a fire breaks out.
Fires pose great danger, it is often unpredictable and the consequences of not being prepared for it could be fatal. People who lose their lives and property from fires have grown steadily over the past few years, for this reason preparing homes against the danger of fires have become a primary concern. People are being encouraged to add early warning devices such as smoke alarms as part of their home’s safety system.
Smoke alarms are small machines that are usually found mounted on walls or ceilings. They are usually disk like in shape with small vents that allow them to detect smoke. It works under the assumption that when there is a significant amount of smoke in a certain area a fire is either starting or spreading.
Smoke alarms are paramount to the safety of any home or business and having them installed in the right places and working properly can be the single greatest fire prevention tactic you can use. Following a few simple rules when it comes to installation and prevention of smoke alarms can be the difference between life and death in many instances.
The most important, and for good reason, is to outfit your home with a number of working and reliable smoke alarms in a number of different places throughout your home. While many people do indeed follow up with the installation, a number of people forget to maintain them or check the batteries to ensure the alarms are working in the way they were intended. I’m sure you have heard all this before, but it simply cannot be said enough; check your smoke alarms regularly. If you are unsure, check them again. The protection smoke alarms can offer your family is immeasurable.
The best places to install smoke alarms are near appliances that can be fire hazards and as close as possible to the areas where you or anyone in your family sleeps. You should have at least one alarm on each floor and preferably one in each bedroom or guest room just to be safe. Some people will argue that smoke alarms are simply not that important. Many people think that they will know if there is a fire and do not need an alarm. This is simply untrue.
Most deaths that are related to fire are caused through smoke inhalation and not actually through burns. By the time you or your family feels the heat or smells the fire, you will already be breathing in smoke. Smoke alarms can warn you and help you get out of the house before the smoke has taken over your room. These extra few minutes can truly make the difference in terms of getting outside and to a safe place before the toxic gases from the fire start to damage your health.
While some people see smoke alarms as a nuisance, there is simply no set value that you can place on you and your family’s safety. Sure it might get annoying to check on the alarms once a month or to turn them off if you happen to burn something, but this is a small price to pay when it comes to a piece of equipment that can save your life.