It is that time of year already – Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 12, 2017. This means that most states across the United States will be setting their clocks ahead, 1hr. If your home is located in South Florida, you are definitely one of the homeowners affected by this time change. The good thing about Daylight Savings is that it allows you to get up and exercise early before the sun comes up. The next important thing about Daylight Savings is that it is a good time for you to change your Smoke Alarm Batteries in your home. The National Fire Protection Association suggests that you test your smoke alarms monthly. It takes literally less than five minutes and that one test alone can help save your home and the lives of your loved ones. This is something that I stress to all clients at the beginning of a Pompano Beach Home Remodel Project.
According to State Fire Marshal, Jim Greeson, all homes should have working smoke alarms. “Properly placed working smoke alarms save lives, and gives families extra vital seconds to escape a fire in their home.” This should be a no-brainer because smoke alarms are very affordable. You can purchase a smoke alarm for your home for under $30.00 at your local home improvement store, such as Home Depot or Lowes.
When we do a remodel project, such as a Painting Remodel, Flooring Remodel or a Kitchen Remodel, we walk through the client’s home and check to see if there is a smoke alarm in each bedroom. Surprisingly, we typically find that most homes only have one smoke alarm in the main area. In a condo, which is a multi-dwelling unit, a permit from a local municipality is required for work to be performed. This also means that the fire team in the local jurisdiction looks at the plans to see the life safety plan. If there are smoke alarms or fire sprinklers, they must be denoted on the plans at the time for submission to the city. I typically replace old yellowed non working smoke detectors with 10 year Lithium Ion Battery Smoke Alarms by Manufacturers Kidde or First Alert and inform clients that this is a necessary investment in the home that will help save lives in the event of a fire.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), shares that one in five homes with smoke alarms, have non working smoke alarms with of dead, missing or disconnected batteries. This startling revelation makes you want to learn simple ways to make sure that your home is safe for you and your loved ones. It is wise and practical to purchase and install smoke alarms in your home, since the average home is a relatively large investment in one’s life.
Here are a few great safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association that every homeowner should know and follow:
- A smoke alarm should be installed on every floor of a home, including hallways, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas.
- On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire. The sooner you hear an alarm, the more time you will have to get out.
- A smoke alarm should be replaced every 10 years. In the event, you do not know the age of your existing smoke alarm, you should replace it immediately.
- Every month, you should perform a test on your smoke alarm according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Never disable a smoke alarm when you hear it chirping or other nuisance situations.
- Never “borrow” your batteries from your smoke alarm batteries for use in other household items.
- Sit down with the family and develop a fire escape plan, so that in the event of an emergency, the entire family knows how to escape the home safely, in the event there is a fire and the smoke alarm goes off.
Click on the following for more information:
Fire Loss in The United States – National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)