Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Safety
Nothing is more valuable than the safety of your family. Having a smoke detector that is properly installed and maintained plays a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. The effects of a house fire can be emotionally, physically, and financially devastating.
Approximately 90% of U.S. homes have at least 1 smoke alarm. However, these alarms are not always properly maintained and as a result might not work in an emergency. There has been a disturbing increase over the last 10 years in the number of fires that occur in homes with non-functioning alarms.
Almost two thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, more than 43% of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries. Dead batteries cause 25% of the smoke alarm failures.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends homes should have smoke alarms installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. We urge you to take these precautions and have monthly checkups to make sure they are in working condition. Smoke spreads quickly and these alarms can give you enough time to get out safely.
In addition to smoke alarms, you should also make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors on each floor of your home. CO detectors must be installed 5 feet off the ground in order to get the best reading. Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless and toxic gas produced by any fuel burning device. Fuel burning appliances, vehicles, tools or other devices have the potential to produce dangerous levels of CO gas. Examples of CO producing devices commonly in use around the home include:
- Charcoal grills
- Fireplaces and woodstoves
- Fuel fired furnaces (non-electric)
- Gas dryers
- Gas stoves
- Gas water heaters
Carbon monoxide alarms detect the poisonous gas and provide early warning. In the event of a carbon monoxide leak, it is critical that you get to fresh air as soon as possible. Every second counts. The Executive Security Consultants are here to help you learn what parts of your home may be the most vulnerable. During our free consultation we will suggest the best placement for smoke and CO detectors in your home.
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