A simple smoke detector could make the difference between life and death with a residential fire. Having an operational smoke alarm system in your home is crucial when it comes to protecting yourself, your family, and your home. It is required by law to have an operating smoke alarm on each floor of your home (including basements) along with another alarm in each bedroom. Smoke alarms require very little to no maintenance depending on the type of alarm you purchase. If you decide to purchase a standard battery-operated model, the alarm itself will last 10 years and will require you to change the battery every 6 months. Choosing a hardwired or lithium-ion battery option, however, requires no battery replacement and will just need to be replaced every 10 years. This simple upkeep is proven to save lives, here are some statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to back it up (some may surprise you):
- Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
- More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
- The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.
Make sure to do your part by checking in on your alarm system. If you are facing fire damage, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson & Ross, Athens & Gallia Counties at (740) 286-2550.