Why All Homeowners Should Consider a Fire and Smoke Alarm
Advice Posted on July 10th 2015 By Kristina

Why All Homeowners Should Consider a Fire and Smoke Alarm

Let’s face it, accidents happen when you don’t expect them and usually at a time when they cause the most problems. One example of this can be seen in an accidental fire within the home. Every year, thousands of potential deaths could be avoided if a properly fitted fire and smoke alarm had been present. So, let’s take a look at why these devices are critical for the safety and security of your loved ones.

Knowing Sooner as Opposed to Later

One of the problems with many fires is that they remain undetected until they grow too large to control. For example, if a fire starts in a room with closed doors, or the attic or basement then by the time someone smells the smoke, it’s probably too late. The result is; escape becomes difficult and in some cases, impossible. Smoke alarms provide an excellent means of early warning as they’re far more sensitive than the human nose. They could give you those vital few seconds of grace that mean the difference between a bit of a financial loss and a real tragedy.

Protecting the Young Ones

Homes with children are a particular concern. Should a fire occur in a bedroom, the parents may very well be unaware that there is a problem until it is too late. As smoke inhalation causes the majority of deaths from a house fire, equipping modern alarms within a child's bedroom is essential from a safety point of view. Not only will an infant or toddler be alerted to a problem, but the parents can likewise react quickly.

During the Workday

It is common for a house to be entirely vacant during the work week. Parents may be at the office while children are likely to be at school. Should a fire occur during this time, very few may be aware of its presence without an alarm. Modern devices contain audible systems that alert neighbours to a problem. The fire department can be called, and a potential disaster can be averted.

Some systems can even trigger alerts to your mobile phone and then view protected areas via remote CCTV.

The Carbon Monoxide Edge

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. It is tasteless and odourless. Still, it can kill within minutes. Many modern carbon monoxide alarms can detect if this gas is present even in small quantities. Note that this is in addition to fire and smoke, so another hazard has just been averted within a single package.

Automatic Notification

Thanks to wireless technology, a growing number of alarms are now connected directly to the emergency services. Should a problem be detected, the appropriate response teams will be notified. They can arrive at a property and begin to tackle the problem before the homeowner even knows about it.

Your local fire safety officer may already be providing free smoke alarms in your area, so it’s worth investigating. However, you should also consider fire and carbon monoxide detectors, too, especially in a house with young children, the elderly or infirm.

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