Protecting Your Investment: Smoke Detectors

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Fires are a real and dangerous hazard in Erath County. Smoke Detectors can be a cheap and effective method of defending your home and family from fire related injuries. In fact, in most areas, residential buildings require working smoke detectors per local building codes, yet The National Fire Protection Association estimates that almost two-thirds of home fire related fatalities happen in homes with non functioning or missing smoke detectors.

Smoke Detectors are an essential safety measure that should be present in all homes. If you don’t have at least one working smoke alarm on each level of the home, please consider purchasing some as soon as possible. Alarms should ideally be placed on a high wall or directly on the ceiling of a room on every floor of your house and be tested at least once a month by pressing the test button. Of course, different smoke detectors have different functionalities, so make sure to read the manufacturers instructions included on the package.

Another important place to have a smoke detector is the kitchen, but as most cooks know, this can cause a lot of false positives and unneeded noise. If regular cooking fumes become a problem for your smoke detectors, you might consider replacing your alarm with one with a silence function or a hush button.

As essential as it is to have working smoke detectors in your home, it’s only a small part of a larger home fire escape plan that every home should have. If you have a home fire escape plan, take some time out every year to go over it with your family, and if you don’t have an escape plan, sit down with your loved one and draft one right away. Protecting your investment is great, but protecting what really matters — your family — is worth at least an hour.

Whether you’re a current home owner or a potential buyer looking for Erath County homes for sale, fire preparedness is something you should never become complacent about.  Contact Hayden Real Estate to start looking at local, fire safe, homes.

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