Like a thief in the night, a fire can easily break out and raze your home without the slightest hint of an attack. Some people would even daresay that it is a million times better to be burglarised than be a victim of fire. At least with burglary, a victim can easily recoup his or her losses over time; with fires, it is not only the homeowner’s house and property that are at risk, but also the lives of the occupants.
Just like in medicine, fire prevention is much better than putting out a blaze. There are numerous methods to fire-proof a home. These include never leaving an open fire unattended, putting lighters and matches away from the reach of kids, and accomplishing smoke alarm installation.
While homeowners can use a variety of measures to protect their home and family members from fires, accidents can happen. Smoke alarms offer homeowners numerous benefits and having one installed can spell the difference between life and death. Smoke alarms may not prevent fires from happening but they can quickly alert the house occupants early enough to prevent the fire from getting out of hand. Because of the sound created by the alarm, the homeowner can easily pinpoint the location of the fire and do the appropriate action to quell the fire. This is particularly beneficial during night time when everyone in the house can be roused from sleep and moved to a safer location.
Installing a smoke alarm may prevent an all-out blaze from happening. However, there is a vast difference between simply having a smoke detector installed and having one installed properly. The law may mandate that houses built before 1997 must have one smoke alarm installed on every home’s storey. However, for optimal protection, additional smoke alarms should be installed particularly in the living room, in the halls between bedrooms, and even inside the bedrooms for heavy sleepers.
It’s important to note that putting smoke alarms in specific areas can hamper their efficacy. For example, the corner junction of walls and ceilings and the area between exposed floor joists create dead air space. When alarms are installed in these areas, smoke created by a fire may not reach them. Areas that have excessive air movement such as windows, doors and areas near fans and air-conditioning units are also not ideal places for placing an alarm. There are also areas in the home that may trigger false alarms. These include the bathroom, the kitchen and insect-infected areas.
For many experts, hardwired alarms are far better than their battery-powered counterparts. For one, the inconvenience of constantly replacing the battery is virtually eliminated. Second, hardwired detectors can trigger other alarms installed in the home. This means that whichever part of the house you’re in, you can be easily alerted. Finally, hardwired alarms have a backup battery which can function in the event of a power failure. Hardwired smoke detectors, however, may be considerably more difficult to maintain because of the processes involved. To ensure that your smoke alarm functions optimally, always consult a professional.