There are some terrible statistics associated with house fires in the United States, for example, approximately 3,000 people perish each year due to house fire related incidents. What is even more tragic is that many of these deaths could have been prevented if there had been enough, working smoke detectors in the building. How can you ensure your smoke detectors will help to save your life in the event a fire breaks out in your home?

Firstly, all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms need to be in good working order. Once a month, test them to make sure they are working properly and check the batteries. Never disconnect a smoke detector for any reason, it’s all too easy to forget to reconnect it again. If you are unsure about how many smoke alarms to have in your home, it is advised to have one on each inhabited floor of the home, although you might want one in each bedroom as well for extra safety and make sure to include the basement and garage.

Have a fire exit strategy for you and your household and make sure they know exactly what to do in the event of a fire. A smoke detector should be able to successfully wake all in the household, even when they are asleep so they should recognize the alarms sound and it should be different from any other noise that is heard in the home. Have a periodic fire drill. It is a good idea to try this at night while the household is asleep because this is when everyone is at their most vulnerable and at risk of being harmed in a fire.

Yes, safety is a top priority here at Guiding Light. If you are concerned about potential fire hazards in your home, feel free to give us a call and we will be happy to advise you.

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