As you know from my fire safety assessment post, June was National Safety Month, and I chose to take that time to assess the fire safety needs in my home. I turned to Kidde’s Home Safety resource to determine if our home had enough smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. What I found was startling.
I began the process with the following:
Basement level (fully finished with one bedroom): one smoke alarm at the bottom of the stairs outside of the furnace room.
First floor: one smoke alarm in the hallway between the kitchen and the foyer.
Second floor: one at the top of the stairs and in each of the four bedrooms.
Our only fire extinguisher in the home is in the kitchen pantry.
According to the laws of our county and the age of our home, we’re required to have the following: hardwired, interconnected smoke alarms with battery back-up outside each sleeping area and on every level. The first problem is that all smoke alarms should be replaced when they’re 10 years old, and ours are much older than that.
The Kidde Fire Safety page provides a guide for smoke alarm and fire extinguisher placement, which I used next to determine where we should install additional smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and place additional fire extinguishers or escape ladders.
According to Kidde, here are the fire safety basics for every family to remember:
Thankfully, Kidde has everything on this list, from alarms to ladders.
I also chose to install Kidde’s new RemoteLync Monitor, which provides remote notifications to my smartphone whenever a smoke or CO alarm is going off inside my home. Kidde’s RemoteLync device provides me with peace of mind knowing that I will receive an alert if there is a fire emergency in my home while I am away. The unit plugs into a wall outlet and listens for my existing smoke and CO alarms. If it hears an alarm going off, it contacts me via my phone as well as anyone else on my contact list such as my husband.
Have you assessed the fire safety needs of your home? What upgrades and updates could you use?
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