Home Smoke Alarm Information For Families

December 30, 2013 by
Filed under: Fire Protection 

smoke alarmMany people die from home fires right around the world and some of these are because they didn’t have a fully running smoke alarm installed properly. Smoke alarms are used to help protect and warn when there are fires and should be installed and checked every month to make sure they are working at full capacity. Here is some information when it comes to smoke alarms and installing them in your home.

What Is A Smoke Alarm?  

A smoke alarm is a small and compact device which is able to detect when there is excess smoke within your home. These alarms are designed to be installed on ceiling areas and are triggered when smoke floats over them sending out a high pitch and fast, loud beeping sound.

Why Are Smoke Alarms Important?

Smoke alarms are important in any home because they can help to prevent death or serious injury. Because they are triggered by smoke, if a fire occurs in the middle of the night while you are sleeping, they will wake you up from your deep sleep giving you time to escape.

Where Do I Install Smoke Alarms?

Smoke alarms are generally installed on ceiling areas. The best places to install these devices are in bedrooms, dining rooms, hallways, and living areas. Although you may think that installing one near or in the kitchen or bathroom is the right place, this may cause more problems than help. Sometimes smoke alarms may be triggered by the steam from hot showers. They are also trigger from smoke or steam that may be released when cooking. A good rule is to keep the alarm few meters from the kitchen or bathroom to prevent false alarms from triggering while you are showering or cooking.

When Should I Test My Smoke Alarm?

Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and this is easily done. On the alarm there is a small button, with a broom end or by climbing on a step ladder you simply press this button and if it is still working it will let out a beeping alarm. If it doesn’t, it means that the battery is flat or the smoke alarm is faulty and should be changed.

 

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