October is Fire Safety Month, but we think that fire safety awareness should be every day!
- Smoke Detectors, located on every floor of the home
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors, also on every floor including the attic
- Fire Extinguishers, near the kitchen, garage, fireplace, utility room
What kind of smoke detectors should you buy?
Photoelectric detectors operate quickly and are good for detecting smokey conditions. If you accidentally set off photoelectric detector, a short blast from a can of air can clear the sensor.
Ionization detectors measure ionization in the air and are excellent at detecting things like smoldering wires inside a wall.
So which type should you use? Both types, of course. Do you really want to take a chance with your family?
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can kill. Install CO Detectors on every level, including your attic.
Some smoke and CO detector tips:
- Cover them during construction, or when sanding and spackling walls. Dust covered sensors aren’t effective.
- You can have them hardwired so that if one detector goes off, all of them will go off. This could save your life if you’re sleeping on the 2nd floor and and something is burning in the basement.
- Replace the batteries whenever there is a time change (every six months)!
- Smoke and CO detectors may lose their sensitivity over time. Check the manufacturers specs, but you should replace them with new detectors every 5 to 10 years.
Fire Extinguishers come in three separate types, A, B and C. Each type combats either combustibles (paper, wood, etc.), flammable liquids or an electrical fire. Most fire extinguishers sold in home stores will work for A, B and C. Check the expiration date on the extinguisher and replace it if you’re past the expiration date.