Smoke alarms save lives. Emerald Management & Realty Ltd. believes that in all residences, having properly placed and working smoke alarms is a very important safety and potentially life-saving precaution. Many people may think that they will be aware when a fire starts in their residence. However, fires often start at night, and the smell of the fire might not necessarily wake a person up.
In fact, smoke inhalation at night can make a person even less likely to become aware of the nearby danger. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Per the National Fire Protection Association, almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
To help ensure that a fire warning system will go off as needed in an emergency situation, a property manager or homeowner should check the alarm on a regular basis. Regular maintenance of the alarm should include pressing the “test” button on the device and replacing the batteries as needed. One should also periodically hold a smoldering item, such as a candle , near the device to ensure that the presence of smoke nearby activates it. If this testing reveals a problem with the system, one should be sure to take quick steps to resolve the problem.
Here's the essential points to keep in mind:
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Call 9-1-1.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
- Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.
- Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
Installing smoke alarms and making sure they are in working order is an important step to making properties and the families that live in them safer from fire.