It is critical to have working smoke detectors in your home.
According to the National Fire Protection Association
, 3 out of 5 fire related deaths occur in homes with no smoke detectors or no working smoke detectors. A working smoke detector cuts your chances of dying in half in a reported fire. Safety Tips for Smoke Detectors:
• Install smoke alarms inside and outside every room where people sleep.
• Install alarms on every level of the house including the basement.
• Interconnect smoke detectors so when one alarm sounds they all sound.
• Smoke alarms should be at least 10 ft from the stove to reduce false alarms from cooking.
• Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.
CO detectors are important as well to alert us of carbon monoxide gas. CO is a colorless, odorless gas that is undetectable by the human senses. It causes flu like symptoms in low level exposures and more severe symptoms and/or death at higher levels and longer durations of exposure.
Carbon monoxide is created by malfunctioning fuel burning appliances such ranges, water heaters, furnaces and room heaters. CO is also created from fireplaces and charcoal burning equipment. High powered engines, such as cars and portable generators, also create CO. The Consumer Products Safety Commission
recommends the following:
• One CO alarm should be installed in the hallway outside the bedrooms in each separate sleeping area of the home.
• CO alarms may be installed into a plug-in receptacle or high on the wall.
• Hard wired or plug-in CO alarms should have battery backup.
• Avoid locations that are near heating vents or that can be covered by furniture or draperies.
• CPSC does not recommend installing CO alarms in kitchens or above fuel-burning appliances.
Installing both smoke detectors and CO detectors is critical. Consider installing detection devices that detect both smoke and carbon monoxide. This is a small investment considering the unthinkable consequences.