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3 Essential Items To Reduce Home Fire Risk

10/12/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke detectors require regular attention to remain effective

Most people have never had to use a fire extinguisher or evacuate a burning building. Many homes are not adequately prepared for even a small home fire. If you want to reduce your risk of serious property damage, this discussion may help your family effectively address a fire in your home.

Smoke Detectors

When properly functioning, smoke alarms are your first-line ally for early detection of a fire. Smoke detectors do require regular attention to remain effective. Consider performing the following maintenance items every six months:

  • Replacing the alarm batteries
  • Pressing the test button to ensure proper functioning
  • Removing dust and lint from the exterior using a vacuum attachment
  • Replacing units that are 10 or more years old

Devoting a few minutes twice a year to maintaining your smoke detectors can reduce your fire damage risk considerably.

Fire Sprinklers

Fire professionals have been known to say that fire sprinklers are putting them out of business. That is a good thing for the homeowner. Sprinklers are designed to activate automatically with high heat, so if you are not home, your property is still protected. Sprinklers can also help manage a fire until emergency responders arrive. Your local fire remediation specialist can usually recommend a proper system for your home.

Fire Extinguishers

A home fire extinguisher has a specific but important use. For example, it can be effective for a small kitchen fire that is detected early. If a grease fire starts while you are cooking, you will be grateful if you have fast access to a well-placed extinguisher. If your home is large, it is helpful to locate several units near likely fire sources, such as the kitchen. It is a good idea for family members to pre-read the instructions so they are prepared to use the extinguisher if necessary.

Your Dickson,TX, home is at a lower risk of significant fire damage if you have prepared and maintained the three essential elements of home fire readiness. If your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire sprinklers are in working order, it can mean the difference between a little mess from fire extinguisher foam and a life-altering disaster.

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