Between 2014-2018, almost three out of every five home fire deaths occurred in properties with no smoke alarms (41%) or smoke alarms that failed to operate (16%), according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Having a working smoke alarm results in a 55% lower risk of dying compared to being in a home with no alarms or none that work.
The most common reason for smoke alarms to fail is power source issues. That’s why it’s important to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a month and replace batteries as needed. Smoke alarms should be replaced when they are 10 years old.
Smoke Alarm Installation
Smoke spreads fast. Functional smoke alarms provide early warning so you can get outside quickly. Closed doors can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. For your safety, smoke alarms should be installed inside every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of your home. The best practice is to use interconnected smoke alarms so that if one sounds, they will all sound.
Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. They should be at least 10 feet from the kitchen stove to reduce false alarms. If you or your loved ones are hard-of-hearing or deaf, there are smoke alarms that will flash strobe lights or shake the bed to alert you.
Smoke alarms should be replaced when they are 10 years old.
Have a Home Fire Escape Plan
Make sure everyone in your home knows what to do if there is a fire. Designate a meeting area and look for two ways out of every room. Escape paths should remain clear of clutter. Make sure any doors and windows needed for leaving the house during a fire open easily.
Small children, older adults, and family members with mobility limitations should have someone assigned to help them in case of emergency.
If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.