Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
Here’s what you need to know!
- Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home.
- Test your smoke alarms every month.
- When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.
- Replace all smoke alarms in your home every 10 years
Additionally, properly maintaining your chimney, having regular inspections and sweepings, and keeping a fire extinguisher in the room with your fireplace at all times are vital steps in keeping your family safe from chimney fires. A carbon monoxide detector is something to consider if you have a gas fireplace as well.
As the weather gets colder and we use our fireplaces more heavily it is important to also maintain the safety equipment in your home to ensure nothing goes amiss. If you have any questions about fire safety, or want to schedule an inspection of your home chimney you can call Black Goose Chimney for more information.