A Smoke Alarm Could Save Your Life!
Smoke alarms that are installed and maintained can reduce death, and fire injuries. When a fire starts, smoke spreads quickly and a smoke alarm will detect it in order to get you out of your home!
According to the National Fire Protection Association,
- Closed doors in homes slows down the spread of heat and fire.
- Make sure there is a smoke detector in every bedroom and outside of each sleeping area. There should be a smoke detector on each level of the house.
- Electrical smoke alarms are safer than battery, they will be interconnected and when one sounds, they all will.
- Make sure you test the smoke alarm at least once a month. You can just press the test button to be sure it is working.
- When you hear a smoke alarm sounding, go outside and stay outside. Do not go back inside of your home for anything!
- Smoke detectors need to be replaced every ten years.
With any questions you may have regarding fire or smoke damage in a home within Tifton, Cook, Berrien, Crisp or any surrounding areas, give us a call at 229-388-8837
Creating a Fire Escape Plan
Fire spreads very quickly in a home. You and your family can have one to two minutes to get out once the smoke alarm sounds. One way to be prepared for a fire, is to have a fire escape plan prepared. Not only should you make sure there are smoke detectors on every level of the home and in every bedroom, knowing your way out when they sound is key to being safe in a house fire situation. When making a Fire Escape Plan, pull together everyone who lives in your home and consider drawing a floor plan of your house. Try to create two exits out of each room. If the fire escape plan is to be used during an actual fire, closing doors behind you is a good way to slow the spread of fire and smoke
Make sure when you are figuring out where to exit, that each exit is clear of furniture and the windows that are used as exits can open easily. Choose a meeting place that is a safe distance from your home that everyone can meet. After creating a fire escape plan, put the plan to the test so everyone is on the same page. And finally, never go back into a house that is on fire for any reason!