Is Your Home Fire Safety Ready?
Did you know that the number one cause of death related to fires is smoke inhalation? An estimated 50%-80% of fire deaths are the result of smoke inhalation injuries rather than burns. Smoke inhalation occurs when you breathe in the products of combustion during a fire. Having a smoke detector to warn you of a fire before it spreads is one of the best ways to save you and your family from tragedy. Below is some important information on smoke detector safety
There are three types of smoke alarms on the market:
- Ionization smoke alarm. This alarm detects big, open flames.
- Photoelectric smoke alarm. This alarm detects a smoky fire that’s smoldering, before any big flames get started.
- Dual sensor smoke alarm. This is a combination smoke alarm that detects both types of fires.
The Dual sensor smoke alarm is the highest recommended because it will detect both types of fire and give you the most time and the best opportunity to get out of the home before anyone gets hurt from the fire. Remember also, you will need smoke alarms at multiple sites throughout your home for the soonest possibility of detection.
It’s important to install a smoke alarm on each floor of your home — don’t forget your basement — and at strategic areas on each level. Install a smoke detector near sleeping areas to be sure you will awake in case of detection. Install them high up on walls, near the ceiling, since smoke will rise quickly.
Don’t install your fire alarm:
- Near a window
- Just above the stove where steam is likely to set it off
- Near a fireplace
- On the ceiling right next to a wall
- On the wall right next to the ceiling
- Above doors or heating and cooling ducts
Other Smoke Detector Tips
- Each month, test your smoke alarms by pushing the test button — make sure you hear the alarm sound.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm if it makes a light beeping noise — this signals that the batteries are running out.
- Replace the smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years.
You’ll need to change the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once each year. Remember to do this regularly — statistics show that while more than 90 percent of homes have smoke alarms, half may not be working because of missing or dead batteries. And if smoke alarms aren’t working, they can’t help save a life.
Be sure to tell us when you put smoke detectors in your home. Allstate offers a safety discount if you have smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and deadbolt locks in your home. So it isn’t only safer to have these things, it’s more economical too!