When was the last time you thought about your smoke detector? If you are like most Americans, probably not recently enough. In fact, most Americans do not know the age of their smoke detector or when they last put in batteries. Just as startling, far too few Americans know enough about fire or fire safety measures.
We’d like to share a fast, easy to browse tip sheet that you can use to increase your awareness and safety.
How Fire Works
- Fire can smolder undetected for some time, but while it smolders it emits poisonous fumes that can incapacitate residents.
- You have two minutes or less to escape a fire safely.
- A home can be completely engulfed in 5 minutes.
- It takes only 4 minutes for the temperature in a home’s living room to reach 1,400 degrees Fahrenheit, the point known as “flashover”, when spontaneous ignition occurs.
- Most people assume that neighbors would of course see a fire in a timely manner and call for help. This is dangerous because it assumes the neighbors are home, awake, or able to call.
- There is no time to gather belongings or make a call once fire erupts.
- You cannot see through black smoke in a fire. This increases the time it takes to get out.
- Fires emit poisonous fumes which can cause sleepiness or disorientation, which can cause residents to not seek or be unable to seek help.
- Asphyxiation, not flame, is the leading killer by a ratio of three- to -one.
- Heat and smoke kill long before flame.
Fire Prevention and Detection Tips
- Develop and practice a fire safety plan.
- Remove fire hazards such as trash or debris.
- Store chemicals properly.
- Have both fire and CO detectors.
- Ensure appliances are off when not in use.
- Equip your home with fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers, and escape ladders.
- Have a monitored and integrated fire and home security and home automation system that can initiate help swiftly.
- Use home automation to schedule or remotely turn off appliances.
- Keep your fire safety and detection equipment in working order.
Having the right fire and life safety systems in place is critical to your protection. If you have any questions about the latest technologies, or how they can help complete your safety plan, please give us a call. Complete Security Systems has been serving NJ customers with integrity for over 30 years.