Smoke Detector Tips for your New Bern, NC Home
How Many Fire Alarms Do I Need in My Home?
The number of detectors needed can vary greatly depending on the layout of your home. The National Fire Protective Association, however, recommends fire alarm placement:
- In every bedroom
- Outside the sleeping areas on all bedroom levels
- On all levels of the home including the basement
- At the bottom of stairways, including the basement stairs
What Type of Smoke Alarm Do I Need?
Ionization smoke alarms are the best at detecting hot, fast-moving fires, whereas photoelectric smoke alarms are best at detecting slow-burning smoky fires. If a fire alarm equipped with both technologies is available, strongly consider opting for it. If not, using a mixture of the two throughout your New Bern, NC home should work nearly as well.
Make sure your detectors are connected.
In the event that you have a house fire, having connected fire detectors can give you an even faster alert of trouble. This is especially important in loud environments or larger homes, as you may not be able to hear the alarm in the affected area until significant fire and smoke damage has occurred.
Be sure your detectors haven’t expired.
Smoke alarm manufacturers place the build date on the back of the detector. You should replace your detectors after 10 years from that date has passed, unless the manufacturer recommends a different replacement time.
Keep your batteries fresh and ready to go.
Many people replace their batteries on a set schedule, such as a specific day to remind themselves. Others wait until their detector begins a low-battery beep. If you prefer waiting until the alarm, be sure to replace all batteries at the same time.
Fire alarms are a must-have safety device in any home. They are very low maintenance, provide years of service, and can give you and your family peace of mind.
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