Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

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The National Fire Prevention Association recommends that you replace your fire alarms every 10 years.  To find out how old a smoke alarm is, look at the date of manufacture on the back of the alarm.  To help you follow property smoke alarm safety, the following are recommendations on keeping your family safe with smoke alarms.

  • Install fire alarms on every level of the home including the basement and inside AND
    outside every bedroom. Large homes might need extra fire alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms.  When one goes off they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms once a month.
  • There are two types of fire alarms.  Ionization alarms are quicker to warn about
    flames and Photoelectric are quicker to warn about smoke.  It is best to have some of
    each in the home
  • Smoke alarms should be located on the ceiling or high on a wall
  • Change batteries every 6 months
  • People who are hard of hearing should have strobing lights and bed shakers
  • For more great tips read this Huffington Post article on home fire.

Do you have monitored fire alarms in your home?  Our home security systems can include smoke detectors that, for no extra cost, are monitored 24/7, sending the fire company to your house even when you are not there.  We can even add smoke detectors to your existing security system.  Insurance companies generally offer a premium discount of up to 20% for 24-hour monitoring of fire and security systems.

Contact us today for a free estimate to see how we can integrate fire protection into your monitored security system or provide you with a new system.






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