Home Safety Tips For You and Your Family

January 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment
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Home safety is an important thing especially when you have young children or elderly parents. There are many different things that can be done to help make your home safe for you and your family at all times. Here are just some of those things that you may not have thought about.

Protect You and Your Family With These Home Safety Tips

home safetySmoke Alarms: No matter what time of the year it is there is always a risk of a fire outbreak. This can cause death or serious injury. Monthly checking of your smoke alarms will help to keep you safe each and every year. If you don’t have one or two installed into your home then you should think about investing in one as it could save your life one day.

Cable Covers: Messy cables spread out across the floor can cause a tripping hazard, especiallyhome safety when they are in the way of doorways or other walking areas. With the use of a simple cable cover you can easily and neatly organize all your cables into one area eliminating multiple strands of cables. These cable covers also help to protect your cables from becoming damaged when constantly stepped on. They are great for any home safety plan.

home safetySafety Glasses: Safety glasses are beneficial for protecting your eyes when you are doing outdoor chores. These are great for wearing when mowing, wiper-snipping or brush cutting, cutting tree branches, shoveling dirt, and so much more. The eyes are important and once they are damaged it can’t be reversed. Safety glasses can help to protect your eyes from small particles that may float or be thrown towards your face.

Fire Cable Clips: Cable clips such as the Chameleon Clips Electrical Fire Safety Clips are greathome safety in a number of ways. These clips are designed to be wrapped around your electrical cords when they are constantly plugged into the power to help provide a warning if the cord is overheating. These cable clips change colour from green to orange if the cord has become hot. This can help to warn you of the danger of a possible fire risk while also saving you and your children from getting burnt. These are a great item when looking to improve your home safety.

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Home Smoke Alarm Information For Families

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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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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BRK First Alert Interconnected Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector with Voice Alerts

March 18, 2013 by · 1 Comment
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Looking for an interconnected smoke and carbon monoxide detector that is feature packed yet economical to install? BRK has one that will knock out its rivals. The ‘voice with location’ feature means this is an alarm that provides necessary smoke detector, carbon monoxide alarm, First Alerthazard warnings to the visually impaired and the blind.

BRK Electronics claim to be the professional standard for residential safety, a lofty claim. Looking at their track record over the last 50 years I’m tempted to agree with them.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty.

What’s it good at?

Interconnected – connect up to 12 devices that means bells, horns, strobe lights and more smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Voice Alert – the audio alarm has 11 per-programmed locations. That’s right  – this alarm will tell you where the alert is taking place e.g. garage, kitchen or bedroom. The alarm has been configured so that the hard of hearing, the elderly and small children will have little trouble hearing this alarm when it sounds.

1 button test – nothing complicated here. Test your alarm with only the push of a button. The only button located on the device. They couldn’t have made it simpler.

8 Hour Hush, for low battery chirp – This for me, is the most important feature on BRK’s First Alert Combination Monoxide and Smoke Detector. It might seem small, but after experiencing a low battery chirp start to go off early on a Sunday night before work, on my previous alarm that didn’t have a hush feature. You can appreciate how much this means to me.

End of Life Alert – Most states require residences to update their smoke and carbon monoxide alarm systems every decade. This unit takes care of that remembering when, for you.

Complimentary Dust Cover Included – BRK makes products for professionals. They understand that new construction sites often have dust and debris flying around which can hinder the operation of a smoke detector. The included dust cover will prolong the life of your unit while you are renovating or completing your construction.

Easy battery backup activation and replacement – a pull tab let’s you activate the battery backup – on your time. That means you can install these on a new construction projects upon completion, and the battery shelf life only starts waning once activated.

Easy replacement – Twist off old unit and twist on the new unit onto the original base.

Locking pin – prevents the unauthorized removal of the battery making this unit perfect for dorm rooms and rental apartments.

What’s not to like? This is a product that connects to all bells and whistles for home safety.


Written by guest blogger Leanne Naidoo