4 Ways We Are Upgrading Our Fire Safety
Fire safety is something we take very seriously here at home. Living in a condo, means we need to protect not only ourselves but our neighbors as well. Each year nearly 3,000 American die from home fires. Many of these fatalities could be prevented with proper placement and maintenance of working smoke alarms, as well as prior emergency and escape planning.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of First Alert for Mom It Forward Influencer Network.
Making a plan with our family to have 2 ways out and a pre-determined meeting spot. A critical component of fire safety is having, and practicing, an escape plan with your family. According to new research from First Alert, only 27 percent of families have included a meeting spot in their fire escape plans. When creating a plan with your family, make sure you can identify two ways out of each room – which can include windows and doors – and make sure everyone in the home understands the plan. This is something that older children can help create – it is fun to get the whole family involved!
Plan to be prepared! Fire Prevention Month is a great time to do a home safety checklist (if you don’t already have one). Items on a good safety checklist include testing alarm functionality, keeping track of expiration dates and replacing alarms as needed, ensuring alarms are installed on every level, and planning and practicing your family’s escape route. Other annual items such as professionally servicing the furnace and ensuring dryer vents are clean.
Update your smoke alarms. Ensuring properly functioning smoke alarms are installed throughout the home – one on each level and in every bedroom, as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends – is the first line of defense for fire prevention. Additionally, alarms must be regularly tested for proper alarm and battery functionality – and all alarms must be replaced at least every 10 years.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector. Often dubbed “the silent killer,” CO is a colorless and odorless gas that is impossible to detect without an alarm. Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose – often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardio-respiratory failure or death.
We had no idea that smoke alarms and newer carbon monoxide alarms only last for 10-years. We have lived in our condo for 13 years and this is the first time we are changing ours. When alarms are due for replacement, upgrading your level of protection with devices containing 10-year sealed batteries, which offer tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while eliminating the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms.
When considering alarm replacement, it is important to consider each home’s specific needs to make sure the home is properly equipped throughout the home with both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. A variety of smoke alarms, including combination and 10-year battery powered models, are available to meet specific needs and local legislation requirements.
We replaced our current smoke alarms with First Alert Alarms throughout our home.
We installed 4 different types of First Alert Detectors:
- The SA3210 is great overall protection because it has both types of smoke sensors recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
- The P1010 is a nice addition to your home’s safety, ideal for the bedroom.
- The PRC710 provides both smoke and CO safety.
- The CO710 is a nice table-top addition, and can be easily added to any room.
Click on the image below to enjoy a free printable fire safety activity sheet!