Does Your Smoke Detector Look Like This?
Does your smoke detector look like this? Lets hope not, but for some that is just how they look. Just recently I went to a friends holiday party and my girlfriend said look that smoke detector is open with no battery. Weren't you just talking about blogging about that? (I did not think I should take a picture considering I was eating my friends wonderful food!)
Smoke alarms are an important defense against injury or death in house fires. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that nearly two-thirds of home fire fatalities occur in homes with non-working or missing smoke detectors. Most building codes now require smoke detectors in all residential structures, which has resulted in a steep drop in fire-and smoke-related deaths. Homeowners should check with their local public safety office or fire department for specific information on these requirements.
You should have a plan in place and regular fire drills to practice your escape plan ensuring everyone in your home knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it. Children are at risk for not wakening to a smoke alarm researches say. My smoke alarms have both a high pitched beeping sound followed by a voice. There are many high tech products out there that can sound a warning, so do your research to see what best fits your family.
There are smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. These normally have strobe lights. Click here to learn more.
Smoke alarms do not last forever, see this chart below.
In Maine when you purchase a home, Buyers are reminded about installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms from the Maine State Fire Marshall's Office.
So your Christmas Tree is up and the lights are on, make sure your smoke detectors are up with fresh batteries. Lets all stay safe throughout the year!
Go test your smoke alarms now.
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Gary Jordan Jr. is a REALTOR® located in Bangor, Maine. He provides real estate solutions for all kinds of Buyers and Sellers. He provides clients with unparalleled services. You can learn more about Gary and real estate in Maine at www.sellmainehomes.com You can also directly contact Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org or call / text him at 207-745-8814.
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