Why You Need to Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors
Smoke Detectors Protect Your Home from Fire Accidents
The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports highlights the impact of residential fires. About two-thirds of fire accidents are in homes where there were no fire alarms installed. The report affirms that “Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of fatal injury from a fire in your home.”
Here are several good reasons why you should ensure your homes smoke detectors are installed and in good working order.
1) Gives you Peace of Mind
A fire alarm is there to warn you of danger. This being said, having fire alarms installed throughout key area of you home can grant you and your loved one’s peace of mind. Properly installed and regularly maintained smoke detectors provide advance warning of potential danger. Knowing you have a reliable and early detection system in place can help you gain peace of mind.
2) Save on Insurance
Consumer Reports writes, “While smoke detectors are required in most parts of the country–and often don’t garner a discount–it’s still worth check to see if you can get a discount on your premium.” Several insurance companies will offer up to a 6% discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy if you install their recommended smoke detectors in your home. This added bonus may help offset the cost of the installation and maintenance.
3) Potentially Can Help Increase Your Property Value
Smoke detectors may increase the value of your property on market. HomeAdvisor.com says that “prospective buyers still look upon these types of home improvements as important additions to the property they’re seeking to purchase.”
4) Offers Real-Time Monitoring of Fire Accidents
There are also a number of smoke detectors which offer real-time monitoring. Real-time monitoring is a professional monitoring services that will send help when your fire alarm detects an issue in your home. The staffed monitoring service will immediately contact and dispatch the local authorities to respond to the alarm.
5) Prepare a Family Emergency Fire Plan
Installing and maintaining smoke detectors are cost effective devices to install in your home. Another beneficial tool is to create a fire plan. This safety plan serve as a guideline for everyone in your home and what to do in case of a fire emergency. The plan will include a designated safe place where you should all meet. Take time to practice the fire emergency plan. Practicing the plan will make sure each family member understands what to do and where to meet. These practice drills can help prevent panic or confusion in the event of a real fire. For more useful tips about creating your fire plan, visit Ready.gov and the Red Cross.
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