Check your Smoke Alarms to Keep your Home Safe

Homeowners who invest in our homeowner’s insurance also take steps to ensure the safety of their loved ones.  Smoke alarms are an integral part of this process, and the Reis Group provides some fantastic advice for Westchester County homeowners:

This Sunday, March 4th, marks the end of Daylight Standard Time, when everyone sets their clocks ahead one hour. I would like to remind you that this is a great opportunity to also change the batteries in smoke alarms.

  • Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
  • No smoke alarms were present in 40% of the home fire deaths.
  • In 23% of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.

We want to be sure you, your business and your family stay safe this spring and throughout the year. Here are some helpful hints:

Check Your Smoke Alarms. RULE OF THUMB: When you change your clocks in the Fall and the Spring, change your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries as well. After inserting fresh batteries in your detectors, make sure the Alarm is working by activating the safety test button.

Count Your Smoke Alarms. I highly recommend that you have a properly functioning Smoke Alarm in every sleeping room and in the hallway directly adjacent to those rooms.

Clean Your Smoke Alarms. Help your Smoke Alarm remain sensitive and ready to protect you by gently using a vacuum cleaner once a month to remove dust and cobwebs.

Retire Your Old Smoke Alarms! Smoke Alarms work every minute of every day. After millions of sensing cycles, they should be retired. Replace your Smoke Alarms with new devices every 10 years.

Plan & Practice Your Escape! Children are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused when a fire erupts. Make sure your children recognize the sound of your home’s Smoke Alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal; your employees too!

Plan & Practice Your Escape Route. Create at least two different escape routes from every room and practice them with the entire family. Be sure all family members and employees know the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire.

Check Your Flashlights. Make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them. It is a good idea to keep a working flashlight and a whistle near your bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room as well as at strategic points in your workplace.

Install Fire Extinguishers! Install at least one fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. For business locations, you want an extinquisher available to you every 75 feet and hung on the wall clearly marked with a bright yellow/back extinguisher sign available from your servicer who inspects them.


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