Los Angeles, California
Having the right smoke detectors and fire alarms installed in your home is one of the most important things you could ever do. These kinds of early warning devices help alert you and your family during emergency situations, giving you the opportunity to avoid toxic gasses and smoke inhalation, while helping you get yourselves to safety.
However, these devices are not infallible; they need to be checked periodically to ensure that they function properly. Batteries die, while other parts can wear out over time. Taking the time to check them on a regular basis and making replacements periodically to ensure your families safety, should a fire strike your home.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), your smoke detectors should be tested at least once every month, while you should replace the batteries every six months. One good way to remember when to change your batteries is during daylight savings time, making your smoke detector rounds whenever you spring forward or fall back.
Check your devices more often if they produce false alarms, emit short continuous beeps, or everyday activities cause them to activate. Smoke detectors can be fickle; battery-powered models have problems with wearing out batteries too often, so you should never use old batteries on any device.
Hardwired detectors depend on your home’s electrical system. Even though they often have battery back-ups, the devices may not work during a power outage and still require monthly testing to ensure functionality.
Do not count on smoke detectors or fire alarms as your sole source of protection. Contact a local fire damage restoration company and make plans to get your family ready for emergency situations. A quality restoration company can help you think of ways to protect yourselves that are unique to your home, family, and conditions that exist only for you and yours.
They can also help provide you with 24-hour emergency services to get a head start on repairing your home after a fire happens and help you get things back to normal when you need them the most. They have access to personnel, equipment, and experience to tackle the worst situations possible in the best way possible.
Think safety before anything else and prepare yourselves appropriately. An emergency readiness plan, emergency satchel, and planned escape route would not have.
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