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Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors Can Be Lifesavers


Fire Prevention Week, which will be observed Oct. 9-15, reminds us of the danger of home fires and the importance of fire safety techniques. According to The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), seven people die in U.S. home fires per day. While preventing fires is paramount, responding to a fire threat is also important. With that in mind, make sure your home’s smoke alarms are connected, have fresh batteries and are operating properly. Properly positioned and installed smoke detectors are an inexpensive way to warn your family of a potentially fatal home fire.

Even in this day and age of more fire prevention awareness, smoke detector indifference is still a big problem. The (NFPA) reports that from 2009-2013, approximately 60% of residential fire deaths took place in homes without a smoke alarm or where the smoke alarm was not working. More NFPA statistics show that a working smoke detector can reduce the chances of dying in a home fire by 50%.

It can not be overstated how important the presence of a fully functioning smoke alarm is. Detectors should be installed throughout your home – on all levels and in each bedroom – and testing should be done monthly. Check the connections on electricity-powered alarms and ensure the operation of the battery backup. Smoke detector batteries should be changed frequently… a good time is when you set your clocks for the changing of Daylight Savings Time each fall and spring. If new batteries do not make the detector operational, it is time to replace the old detector with a new one. Smoke alarm replacement should be done every 10 years regardless of the circumstances.

As the fall and winter seasons get closer, your furnace should receive a thorough inspection and tune-up. This will keep you furnace operating properly and reduce the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. And it is always a good safety measure to install a carbon monoxide detector. Once properly installed, make sure you check its operation at the same time as your smoke alarms. Change batteries frequently and test the unit often.

See our blog from earlier this month for more information concerning furnace maintenance and seasonal tune-up, CO poisoning and CO detector options. And, of course, call the Master’s today to schedule a fall tune-up.

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