Roughly 3,000 people in the United States die every year from the effects of a house fire, that’s a lot of people. Sadly, many of these deaths could’ve been prevented if they had sufficient smoke detectors in their homes or, if the ones they had were working properly.
So, lets look at a few important points to consider regarding smoke detectors: There should be smoke detectors on every, inhabited floor of the home, this should especially include the basement and garage which is where many flammable items are usually stored.
Another point to consider is that we are most at risk of being harmed in a fire at night, when the household is asleep, so a good thing to do is have smoke detectors in each bedroom or at least very close to them so that they could be heard easily. When fitting them in a basement, ideally fit them to the ceiling by the basement stairs.
Keep the family well educated as to what they should do in the event of a fire. Test the smoke alarm at night, occasionally, while the household is sleeping to see whether the alarms would effectively wake them, especially children. Also, if possible, try to make sure the smoke detector sound is different from any other sounds in the home. NEVER disconnect the alarm just because it’s annoying you by going off when you’re cooking etc. Its much too easy to forget that you disconnected it. One last thing, do a monthly check of all smoke or carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are all working well.