22 Oct Home Fire Safety in St. Louis
Would your home be able to alarm you if a fire were to start? The performance of smoke detectors could be the
difference between life and death. In 2013, there were over 369,000 home fires resulting in over 2700 deaths according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Moreover, half of home fire deaths occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., which is when people are asleep. Fire safety is not to be taken lightly and keeping up with the functionality of your smoke detector is extremely important.
Riding on the momentum of the NFPA’s fire prevention week held October 4-10, 2015, Mister Sparky in the Greater St. Louis area will be discussing all things smoke detectors (and carbon monoxide detectors for good measure) on the blog.
1. Hear the beep where you sleep
Every bedroom in a home needs a smoke detector, but it’s also extra safe to install smoke detectors outside other sleeping areas and on every level of the home if it has multiple stories. Yes, this means that you need a smoke detector in the basement. Homes that are above average in size may need more smoke detectors. Just remember that you’ve got to be able to hear the beep where you sleep!
2. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly
Testing your smoke alarms for functionality on a monthly basis is vital for your safety. You never know when your batteries need replacing, but a good rule of thumb is to replace batteries every year. Also, you should invest in replacing all the smoke detectors in your home every decade.
3. Get out fast when the alarm sounds
If your smoke detector goes off, don’t question it. Get out of your house as quickly as possible. Once you’re outside it’s important to remain calm and stay put. Call the fire department immediately. Same thing goes for your carbon monoxide detector – carbon monoxide is a tasteless, odorless gas that is impossible to detect so if the alarm on your carbon monoxide detector sounds, get out right then. Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly.
Mister Sparky, America’s On-Time Electrician serves the St. Louis, Missouri, area with a team of certified electricians. In addition to flickering lights, some of the electrician services provided by the company include electrical outlet/switch repair, ceiling fan installation, lighting installation, aluminum wiring repair, landscape lighting installation and home electrical inspections. The NFPA is a leading source of information and knowledge on home fire safety.