Every year, over 3,000 people in the U.S. lose their lives in residential fires. Most victims die from smoke inhalation or toxic gases released from the fire, rather than as a result of direct burns. Many fire deaths and injuries occur at night, when the victims are asleep and unable to protect themselves. Fortunately, there is a way to prevent this outcome from ever happening in your house.
One of the best (not to mention least expensive) ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from a potentially deadly fire is to properly install and maintain smoke detectors in your home. In fact, the risk of dying from a fire in your house is twice as high if you don’t have a smoke detector installed. Installing smoke alarms will save lives, prevent injuries, and minimize property damage by enabling you and your family to get out of the house safely at the earliest sign of a fire.
To make sure your smoke alarms are as effective as possible, you should have at least one installed on each floor near the ceiling. It would be ideal if you could have one installed in each bedroom, or at least in a location where if the alarm is triggered, everyone can hear it. Test your smoke alarms every month to ensure that you are getting the most complete protection possible. If a smoke alarm is battery operated, replace the batteries at least once a year to make sure the alarm will work when it is needed. A helpful hint is to change the batteries of your smoke detectors at the same time you change your clocks during daylight savings.
You may not be able to predict when a fire occurs, but you can do your best to prepare for it. Installing smoke detectors in your house is the best way to protect the ones you love from a potential fire.