The chances are that you've got at least one smoke alarm in your home. There's an equally even chance that you don't check those alarms on a regular basis. In fact, 80% of the population own smoke alarms but, in 1 in every 8 house fires attended, the smoke alarm failed to work.
'Failed to work', in other words, means the smoke alarm was essentially just a lump of plastic and associated materials stuck to the ceiling. The people to whom it belonged might just as well have stuck a currant bun on the ceiling for all the good it was doing!
Here at City Fire we are dedicated to improving fire safety procedures in homes and businesses throughout the country and, with that in mind, this article is intended to help you be safe, if a fire should occur in your home. The first thing that needs to be stressed is that, if you are in the 20% that don't have them, smoke alarms save lives and property. Because the sooner you are alerted, the sooner you can get outside and call the Fire and Rescue Service, awaiting the arrival of the experts who can tackle the fire.
Smoke alarms save lives and property and, as part of a comprehensive fire alarm system, can offer high levels of protection for anyone within your home or business property.
Further fire safety equipment is also available and can aid your fire alarm system greatly. For example, vibrating pads, which can be put under a pillow, can be provided for people who have a hearing disability. Flashing lights can also be fitted into this system. In some cases, it may be possible to install a 'misting' sprinkler system, or a ceiling mounted sprinkler system. Our professionals can advise you on the best fire safety equipment for your environment.
Smoke alarms save lives and property, but only if they work. If you've got children then make testing and dusting the alarms a game once a week. No kids? Then make testing your alarms your weekly task. Set a reminder on your phone or stick a note on your fridge. What about testing them when you put out your rubbish? The Government suggests that, if you can't get into the once-a-week test, you test when you change the clocks.
Today's alarms are sophisticated items of technology. They are sealed units, good for ten years, so you don't need to change the battery. They are more sensitive to smoke and less so to steam. How many of us have flapped at the alarm, to stop it beeping, when it's gone off whilst we're cooking? But they will protect you - so long as you have them and test them.
So, make sure you install and regularly test and maintain a smoke alarm in your home. And, for comprehensive fire protection, install a system of fire safety equipment, including complete fire alarm systems and fire extinguishers.
Author Bio: This article has been provided by City Fire Protection & Maintenance Services LLP who provide national fire protection services.