Fire preparedness is something that everyone should know, but not everyone practices. Being prepared for any size house fire is vital to the safety of your family and home.
Bay Alarm can not only fulfill your home security needs, but we can also help you with your fire preparedness. In order to be equipped for a house fire, chimney maintenance, fire extinguishers, and regular maintenance on your smoke alarms are of the utmost importance.
Protect Your Home From Fire
In the case of a fire, here are 3 main ways to protect your home.
- Clean your chimneys.
During the winter months, it’s ideal to cozy up in front of the fire place instead of running your thermostat. Before burning your first fire of the year, make sure your chimney has been inspected and cleaned to help prevent a chimney fire. Another way to prevent a chimney fire is to ensure good air supply. To open the air supply make sure the damper is open wide enough, and the glass doors are not closed. If the air supply is restricted, your chances of starting a chimney fire are much greater.
- Understand fire extinguisher safety and maintenance.
Fire extinguisher safety is also very important as fire extinguishers can be an asset to making sure a fire in your home doesn’t spread. As a general rule of thumb, there should be a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home. Eighty percent of fire accidents can be put out with an extinguisher, if used correctly. All members of your household should know the location of the extinguisher and how to use it. The pressure gauge on a fire extinguisher should be checked monthly. Functionality of the fire extinguisher can be determined while checking the pressure gauge. If the needle is in the green, the extinguisher is still good to use. Most fire extinguishers should last about 10 years but can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.
- Check your smoke detector regularly.
Smoke alarm safety is crucial when trying to prevent a house fire. Batteries should be replaced once a year with alkaline batteries whether or not the batteries are in good condition. Dead batteries cause nearly 25% of smoke alarm failures. Nearly every room in your home should have a smoke detector and if they don’t, it is important to invest in one. Roughly 60% of home fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke detectors. What is more important than actually having a smoke detector is having one that works. In order to ensure your smoke detector works, you should be testing your smoke alarm system at least once per month and replacing it once every 10 years.
More About Fire Protection
for Your Home
In terms of fire protection, Bay Alarm offers:
- Smoke detector installation
- Round-the-clock monitoring services
- Audible warnings and alerts
- A working relationship with local fire and police professionals.
- And much more!
To get the total home safety and security solution with professionally installed and monitored fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors, call Bay Alarm today or click here to request a free, custom quote.