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Home Care: How to Protect Your Family From a Fire

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

smoke moving towards a smoke alarm Do you need a smoke alarm in your home?

How to Protect Your Family From a Fire

In the unfortunate event of a house fire, your family has 3 – 4 minutes to get out alive. That’s because most furniture and decorative fittings are made of artificial fibers that burn hot and fast. As a result, the NFPA recommends that every home should have a fire alarm system. It is the only way to get a head start when the worst happens.
As a homeowner in NE Hillsborough County, FL you should have a functional smoke detector in these rooms:

  • All bedrooms
  • Outside the bedroom
  • Every level of the house


How Many Alarms Do You Need?

Generally, each bedroom should have a fire alarm. One should be enough for an average size room, but you can also install several detectors if it is on the bigger side of the scale. Place another sensor outside the bedrooms and one unit at every level of the house, including the basement. That should wake you in case the fire starts from another part of the house.


How to Maintain Smoke Detectors

Smoke sensors need proper care and maintenance to remain in good working condition. The last thing you want is to go through the ordeal that comes with fire and smoke damage - it is expensive and also takes a lot of time. To avoid it, replace the smoke detector batteries regularly and install new alarms every 8 - 10 years. The average cost per unit is $5 - $20, but there are smart fire detectors that retail at $100 or more. However, that is nothing compared to the cost of fire damage.
That said, it’s clear that a fire alarm system is mandatory for every home. Just make sure you have enough of them throughout the home. A 2 story house with 3 bedrooms should have a minimum of 5 smoke alarms, but there is no upper limit. You can install as many units as possible, so long as there's none within a 10 ft radius of kitchen appliances.

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