Did you know you only have two minutes to escape a home fire? Unfortunately, fires in homes without or malfunctioning smoke alarms were responsible for almost 60% of home fire deaths. However, there are ways to be prepared in an emergency.
At APS Security and Fire, we understand the importance of fire safety. So, let’s make sure you and your family are prepared.
Develop An Escape Plan And Practice It Regularly
Create and practice an escape plan with all family members – Draw a floor plan of your home and map out escape routes from every room. Then, establish a designated meeting place outside the house where everyone can gather.
Ensure everyone can safely escape – Make sure windows can be easily opened, and screens can be removed. Ensure that children and older adults have assistance if needed.
Install Smoke Detectors And CO Alarms
Install working smoke detectors and CO alarms in every room – Use interconnected detectors that can communicate with each other. Install detectors with both ionization and photoelectric sensors for maximum coverage.
Choose the correct type of detector for your home and properly maintain them – Use photoelectric sensors in areas near the kitchen or other sources of smoke. Replace batteries and test detectors regularly to ensure they are working correctly.
The Importance Of Fire Alarms
Having an escape plan and installing smoke detectors and CO alarms are critical things to have in place in an emergency. However, don’t forget another must-have device: fire alarms. Fire alarms are an essential piece to fire safety.
Early warning systems – They are an early detection system that alerts occupants to the presence of a fire.
Designed to detect fire – These devices are designed to detect the presence of a fire, whereas smoke and CO detectors are designed to detect the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide gas.
Provide an extra layer of protection – Fire alarms detect a fire before smoke or CO gas is produced, allowing occupants more time to evacuate the building and call for emergency assistance.
Connected to a central monitoring system – Often linked to a monitoring system, alerting emergency services in the event of a fire. Helping to minimize the damage caused by a fire and increase the chances of a successful rescue.
Alarm Monitoring Provides Peace Of Mind
An alarm system comprises different sensors and detectors, such as motion sensors, door and window sensors, and smoke detectors. These sensors are hooked to a monitoring system to recognize illegal entry, abnormal activity, or potential safety threats like fire.
If the sensors are activated, the alarm monitoring system dispatches a notification to the security firm’s monitoring station, reaching out to the appropriate agencies like the police or fire department. The property remains under constant surveillance, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, giving superior protection against potential hazards.
Take The Necessary Steps To Protect Your Family And Property Today
APS Security and Fire is dedicated to the security and well-being of you and your family. Make sure you have a plan and the appropriate equipment for a quick and safe escape, should the need arise. Reach out to APS Security and Fire for help – they will be able to provide any answers to your questions and advise on the most suitable equipment for your family’s safety.