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What You Should Know About Your Fire Alarm and Your Home

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Change your smoke detector itself as recommended approximately every 10 years.

Things You Should Know About the Fire Detectors Located in Your Residence

Many fire restoration service professionals in Eastgate, WA, recommended use of a fire alarm as an important fire safety and mitigation tool. These units can help protect your home in the event of a fire. They can also alert you to heat or smoke which may allow time for the fire to be put out before it can cause extensive damage. Here are a few things everyone should know about the fire detectors located in their residence.

1. When to Replace the Batteries

One way to ensure that your alarm is working, and to help prevent fire damage, is too regularly replace the batteries in your smoke detector. Most experts recommend doing this once a year when also changing your clocks. You may also want to change your smoke detector itself as recommended approximately every 10 years.

2. What Type of Sensor to Use

You may find that there are two types of fire alarms to choose from. Photoelectric alarms are designed to sense slow burning, smoldering, smoky fires. Ionization alarms, on the other hand, are more sensitive to fast heat such as a quick burning flame. Many experts recommend including both types of alarm in your home. Fortunately, some smoke alarms now include both sensor types meaning you can have the benefits of both alarms in one unit.

3. Where Fire Alarms Should Be Located

To help avoid smoke damage an ensure the alarm can be heard, many experts recommend having at least one alarm per level, one alarm inside every bedroom, and an alarm outside each sleeping area often in the hallway the bedroom lead out too. You should also place a smoke alarm in your kitchen where the statistics show most fires start.

It's an important fire safety step to check on your fire alarm regularly. This includes replacing the batteries and ensuring that the alarm is functional. You should have a fire detector located inside each bedroom of the residence, and in any major hallways. If you have any questions about the proper way to set up your fire alarms, a professional may be able to help.

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