Making sure that your home and family are safe should be one of your top concerns. A very common danger is a potential fire in your home that could cause a lot of damage, injury, and even death. It may be impossible to prevent every single fire that could happen; however, by being properly prepared and by having a good fire alarm system you can be warned in the event that a fire does occur in your home. It is very important that you are prepared for a fire and that you properly maintain, test, and inspect your fire alarms or smoke detectors so that they work properly in the event of a fire.
- Testing Alarms. Smoke alarms are a crucial part of any fire preparation plan. It is important to inspect and test the alarms on a regular basis. Each month, you should get a stable ladder and test the alarm. Most smoke alarms will have a test button that you can push that will emit a beeping sound. Each alarm in the home should be tested while also wearing protective hearing.
- Maintaining Alarms. In addition to testing the alarms each month, you will also want to change the batteries at least once a year. If the alarm test fails, you may need to replace the batteries sooner. Even if the alarm test passes and it has been a year, you should replace the batteries as a precaution. You should also consider replacing the whole unit every 7-10 years. The units will malfunction over time and will become less reliable. In order to stay on the safe side, you will want to replace them.
- Escape Plan. For families, you will want to make sure that you have a plan and that you are properly teaching your children what they should do when the fire alarms go off. If your children sleep in the basement, there should be a ladder inside the window well where children can get out quickly. A meeting place should be established outside of the home and children should also be taught the rules of fire safety.
A fire alarm system is crucial when it comes to making sure you have ample time to get out of your home. Making sure that you are testing the devices, properly maintaining them, and that you have a plan to get out of the home will increase your chances of keeping you and your family safe.
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