You need to have a plan for early warning and escape in case of a fire in your home. Many fire deaths and fire injuries are actually caused by smoke and gases. Victims inhale smoke and poisonous gases that rise ahead of the flames. Survival depends on being warned as early as possible and having an escape plan.
Fire Safety Status Check
To be safe, you should be able to answer “yes” to the following statements.
- At least one smoke detector is located on every floor of my home.
- Smoke detectors are placed near bedrooms, either on the ceiling or 6-12 inches below the ceiling on the wall.
- Smoke detectors are tested according to manufacturer’s instructions on a regular basis and are kept in working condition at all times.
- Batteries are replaced according to manufacturer’s instructions, at least annually.
- Batteries are never disconnected.
- The detector has a distinct warning signal that can be heard whether the family is asleep or awake.
Purchase a smoke detector if you do not have one. Smoke detectors are inexpensive and are required by law in many localities. Check local codes and regulations before you buy your smoke detector because some codes require specific types of detectors. They provide an early warning which is critical because the longer the delay in realizing there is a fire, the deadlier the consequences.