5 Safety Tips for Fire Safety with First Alert
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Fire Safety in the home is something that should be a family affair. However, sometimes there is also another threat that is sometimes overlooked, and that is the danger of carbon monoxide. It has been called the silent killer, and for good reason. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas that can sometimes come into the home. The frightening thing about CO poisoning is that often it can be too late by the time it is detected, so it is always important to be able to detect it as early as possible.
There have been many different CO detectors available on the market for some time, but often families don’t go through the hassle to place smoke detectors and CO detectors. This is where the combination units for both can be very handy.
This month we teamed up with First Alert to share some key safety tips that are good for families when it comes to fire and CO in the home.
The best defense is always to prevent dangers from occurring in the first place. For fire, it is always a good idea to check that all outlets in the home are unobstructed, cables free of tears or splits, flammable items placed a safe distance away from any stove burners/oven, and keep matches up and away form children.
When cooking, always keep an eye on the food you are preparing and never leave a pot or pan unattended on the stove that has an open flame going.
CHECK GAS APPLIANCES REGULARLY
Make sure to have your gas appliances such as water heaters, dryers, stoves, etc. checked each year by a qualified technician to ensure there are no leaks, and never use any devices that burn gasoline, or charcoal inside the home. Never leave a car running inside a garage that is attached to the house, even if the garage door is left open.
INSTALL SMOKE/CO DETECTORS THROUGHOUT THE HOME
It is important to install smoke/CO detectors throughout your home. In the hallways on every level, and in each bedroom. It is important to test and check batteries regularly or upgrade to a 10-year unit. First Alert makes a great detector that works for both smoke and CO detection. Their 10-Year Combination Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is especially convenient because you get all the protection for 10 years without ever needing to connect to wires, additional batteries, etc. You never need to deal with any late-night low battery chirps, and when it is time to replace there will be an end-of-life warning. For 10 years you have the quality monitoring that people have come to expect from First Alert.
They also have a 10-year unit that offers voice alerts.
PRACTICE AN ESCAPE ROUTE
Sometimes fires and emergencies do occur, despite all the prevention. It is a good idea to have fire extinguishers nearby in key rooms such as the kitchen or garage to prevent a small manageable fire from getting out of control. Always have a planned escape route in place that the whole family knows so that when it is necessary the family is able to get out of the building.
GET MEDICAL ATTENTION
For CO exposure, the dangers may not always be so apparent. If the CO alarm is going off, it is important to get out of the building as soon as possible. If you ever start feeling light-headed or dizzy for no apparent reason, you should also get outside. If any symptoms persist or get worse, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
While not all emergencies with fires and CO can be avoided, taking these steps can help to protect the family from most of them. Having a detector with the security of providing 10 years of consistent and reliable detection gives a strong sense of security and peace of mind.