Fire Safety Tips
Ensuring adequate placement of smoke detectors in your home or office is critical in keeping the occupants safe. Non-working smoke alarms are often caused by missing or disconnected batteries. With such grave consequences attributed to such a small oversight, it’s a good idea to check smoke alarm operation every 30 days.
The National Fire Protection Association reports that:
- In 2009-2013, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (53%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
- Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
- No smoke alarms were present in more than one-third (38%) of the home fire deaths.
- One of every five (21%) of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
- In reported home fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, almost half (46%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. Nuisance alarms were the leading reason for disconnected smoke alarms.
- A closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement. Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound.
- Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
- It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
- Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
- Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
- A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
- People who are hard-of-hearing or deafcan use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
- Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.
- Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan.
- See https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Smoke-alarms for more information
Following these tips can help keep your loved ones safe. If you experience a smoke or fire damage in your Missoula home or business, call SERVPRO of Missoula at 406-327-9500 to clean and restore your home to preloss condition. We have highly trained technicians and top of line equipment to help clean and repair your fire loss, no matter how large or small.