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3 Important Fire Alarm Tips for Your Home

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

smoke detector in the room If your home is on fire, a smoke alarm can provide you with a life-saving warning.

Steps To Take To Keep Your Alarms Working

It’s important to keep your home in Spindale, NC, prepared in case a fire occurs. A fire alarm is one essential tool that can alert you if there’s a fire in your home. That’s why you should know the steps to take to keep your alarms in working order.

1. Be Aware of When to Replace

An outdated alarm won’t be able to serve its purpose of alerting you quickly if there’s a fire in your home. Most people know batteries should be replaced yearly, but many overlook replacing the actual alarms. Make a note of when your alarms were installed so you can replace them at least every 10 years.

2. Protect Your Whole Home

Though many people know to put fire alarms in spots where fires are likely to occur, such as kitchens, alarms should be located throughout your home. If alarms are located on only one floor, you may be unable to hear them from elsewhere in the home. Install alarms on each floor, and make sure every bedroom is also equipped with one.

3. Know the Difference Between Types of Alarms

Advances in technology have resulted in alarms that can detect both slow-moving and quick-moving fires. While photoelectric alarms can alert you of slower fires that create heavy smoke and are likely to cause smoke damage, ionization alarms detect fires that emit less smoke and move more quickly. It’s important to install both types of alarms in your home to ensure you’re protected regardless of what type of fire may occur.

A fire alarm can give you a life-saving alert if your home is ablaze. Keeping both types of alarms up-to-date and in the appropriate locations can help you know immediately if there is a fire. In the event your home sustains fire damage, it may be beneficial to work with damage restoration professionals who have experience assessing, cleaning and restoring homes affected by fires.

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