What is the single most important thing you can do when it comes to fire safety in your home? All experts agree that without a doubt, the most important step to take is to make sure you have working smoke detectors installed. Smoke detectors have saved literally tens of thousands of lives, and prevented hundreds of thousands of injuries over the years. They’re cheap, they’re very easy to install, and there’s absolutely no excuse for not using them. You can pick them up at discount stores, hardware stores, home improvement stores, and even more and more grocery stores carry them.
How many do you need? At a bare minimum, you need at least one for every level of your house. If all bedrooms share a common hallway, then one detector in the hallway should do. But if the house is laid out with bedrooms separated in different areas, you’ll need one for each separate area. In addition, any bedroom where people sleep with their door closed should have a detector inside the room. Smoke detectors over ten years old should be replaced, according to fire safety experts. They also recommend that you test your smoke detector on a regular basis – say every Friday night or Saturday morning, or whatever works for you, and is easy to remember. Testing them is very simple. Most smoke detectors have a button marked TEST, and you simply push it in. If the alarm sounds, it’s fine. If it doesn’t, either the detector has gone bad, or the battery is worn out. In either case, you’ll need to fix it right away.
Because it’s easy to forget about batteries in smoke detectors, it’s become something of a national institution in America to replace the batteries twice a year, when we switch to and from Daylight Savings Time. That’s a good idea, and you should adopt the habit. Many people have been lulled into a false sense of safety because “I’ve got a smoke detector”. But if the batteries are dead, it will do you no good. Fire experts estimate that about a third of all detectors in this country have dead batteries in them. Don’t let this happen to you. One situation that needs to be addressed is what happens if the smoke detector keeps going off for no reason? Usually this happens because it’s too close to a stove, and steam and light smoke are setting it off. In that case, you’ll need to move it. Don’t just take the batteries out to get rid of the annoyance. That can be a deadly mistake.
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