Smoke alarms that are properly installed and maintained play a vital role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. National Fire Protection Association
Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Installed correctly and properly maintained smoke detectors give you early warning so you can get out to safety.
– Install alarms on every level of the home including the basement
– Large area rooms may require more than one smoke detector.
– It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
-Test all smoke alarms often, at least once a month.
– There are two types of smoke alarms. Ionization smoke detectors are quicker to warn about the fire. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. Ideally, you want both in your house.
– Smoke detectors should be installed on the ceiling or high on a wall. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
– Hearing-impaired or deaf have specialized smoke detectors. They tend to have strobe lights and or bed shakers.
– Replace all smoke alarms when they are 7-10 years old.
If your home does not have working carbon monoxide detectors, please call Master Electrical Service. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels (such as gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, propane, oil, and methane) burn incompletely. In any building heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of carbon monoxide. Vehicles or generators running in an attached garage can also produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
– CO detectors outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home and other locations where required by applicable laws or code. Use interconnect CO detectors throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
– For additional safety please follow the manufacturer’s instructions for placement and mounting height.
– Choose a CO detector that has the label of a recognized testing laboratory (UL).
– Know your local fire department’s number to call if the CO alarm sounds.
– Test CO alarms at least once a month; replace if necessary to manufacturer’s instructions.
– If the CO alarm sounds, immediately move to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. Make sure everyone inside the home is accounted for. Call for help from a fresh air location and stay there until emergency personnel.
– During and after a snowstorm if applicable, make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace, and exhaust is clear of snow build-up.
– Gas, charcoal grills, and generator can produce CO – only use outside.