Working Smoke Detectors are Critical for Family Safety

Written by Greg on December 5, 2012

Smoke detectors and alarms are some of the most important safety features to have installed in your home. Research shows that as the number of smoke detectors has increased in numbers in American homes – there has been an equal decline in the number of fire-related residential deaths. What follows is some important information regarding smoke alarms that we have not mentioned before now.

* Smoke alarms that are 10 years old are near the end of their service life and should be replaced. That is because the alarm has been active for a decade – even if it has not sounded an alarm – it is ‘ever-vigilant’- monitoring for smoke and fire 24/7. So it should come as no surprise that the parts in the smoke detector will wear out over time. Smoke detectors are reasonably priced – and considering the important service they perform – they are worth every penny.

*Hard-wired electrical smoke alarms that are integrated into the home’s electrical system are as susceptible to wear and tear as those that are battery operated. Both should be replaced every ten years.

*There is no ‘set’ number of alarms that should be installed in homes. However, it is recommended that one be put in every bedroom as well as one outside the bedrooms to notify sleepers there is a fire somewhere and they should escape through the bedroom windows. Others should be centrally located on each level of a home. In fact, the larger the home the more smoke alarms should be placed throughout each level.

Many deaths could have been prevented if the existing smoke detectors were working or if a structure had detectors. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a fire and believe another is a fault, contact a Houston fire accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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