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Check Your Smoke Alarms!

Protecting your family from danger is one of your biggest responsibilities as a homeowner, and one of the most important stepsman checking smoke alarm you can take to keep your family safe is installing smoke detector alarms in your home. However, your smoke alarms cannot do anything if they are not working properly. This is why it is recommended by many national fire safety organizations to change the batteries in your smoke alarms when you change your clocks in the spring and the fall for the beginning and the end of Daylight Savings Time. As part of our dedication to your safety, All Seasons Chimney would like to take this time to remind you to check your smoke alarms and to tell you more about the importance of smoke detector alarms.

Why are smoke detector alarms so important?

One of the duties of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is to gather and report the statistics of residential fires, and the numbers on smoke alarms may do the best job of helping you understand why these detectors are so important. According to the NFPA, no smoke alarms were present in more than a third of the deaths caused by residential fires, and one out of five of these deaths were in homes with smoke alarms that did not work because of missing or disconnected batteries. The facts are clear in telling us that working smoke alarms save lives.

Where in my home should I install smoke detector alarms?

The NFPA recommends that you install your alarms on every level of your home, including the attic and the basement. Place the smoke alarms on the ceiling or on the wall as high as possible. You should avoid placing alarms in your kitchen because of the false alarms that can occur when you are cooking. If your kitchen opens up to another room, remember to keep the alarm at least ten feet away from the stove. To protect your family when they are sleeping, you should install smoke alarms in every bedroom as well as outside each sleeping area.

How long do smoke detector alarms typically last?

According to the NFPA, you should replace your smoke alarms when they reach the age of ten years. Not only are they likely to not work very well at this age, but there is new technology in smoke alarm manufacturing that is always developing. To be as safe as possible, you should look for smoke alarms that can be interconnected so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound. This can help save lives even when a fire breaks out overnight in a part of your home that is far away from your sleeping areas.

If you did not check to see if your smoke detector alarms were working when you set your clocks back this fall, All Seasons Chimney would like to remind you to check them now. Contact us for any of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, or installation needs.

Fire Prevention Week 2018: Look. Listen. Learn.

Since 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has sponsored an important public fire safety campaign, Fire Prevention Week, on the week of every October 9th. Originally this week began as a commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but as it became clear how important it was to educate the public on how to prevent a fire in their homes, this campaign was proclaimed in 1925 by President Calvin Coolidge to be observed across the country. For over 25 years, All Seasons Chimney has been teaching the residents of the lower Hudson Valley area how to keep fires from occurring in their homes as part of our professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation services. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” and we would like to tell you more about this theme.

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In order to successfully avoid a devastating fire in your home, the NFPA stresses the importance of looking for places where fires could start and making sure that there are no potential fire hazards present. Since cooking causes almost half of all home fires, you should make sure that there is no clutter around the stovetop. Always remember to keep an eye on what you are cooking. Your heating and your electrical equipment in your home are also common causes of accidental fires. All Seasons Chimney can give you more tips and recommendations for keeping your home free of fire hazards.

LISTEN

As the first alert to a fire being present in your home, smoke alarms can reduce your risk of dying in a residential fire by 50 percent. The NFPA recommends that you install smoke alarms on every level of your home as well as inside each bedroom. To make sure your alarms are working effectively, you should test them every month and replace any alarms that are over 10 years old. All Seasons Chimney suggests interconnecting your smoke alarms so that when one sounds, they all do.

LEARN

Since you may only have seconds to escape a fire in your home, it is crucial to plan at least two ways out of every single room. Once you have established your two exit routes, you will need to teach them to your family and practice these exits often. Choose a place outside your house where your family can meet once they have gotten out. From this spot, you will be able to safely call your local emergency authorities.

If you need more information about Fire Prevention Week, contact us at All Seasons Chimney. As the best chimney company in the lower Hudson Valley area, your safety is our top priority.