Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Mom It Forward Influencer Network for First Alert. All opinions are mine.
Did you know that nearly 3,000 Americans die each year from house fires? Sadder still is the fact many of those fatalities could have been avoided if they had properly functioning smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide alarms and knew what to do in the case of a fire emergency. While it’s true that accidents can and will happen, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death for you and those you care most about.
October is Fire Safety Month FYI which makes right now the perfect time to perform a fire safety check. So, if you can’t remember the last time you checked your alarms you should really take a moment to make sure they are all in working order. It will only take a few minutes I promise. As you’re making your rounds, make a mental note of any rooms that don’t have alarms and them to your shopping list. How many you need for your house can vary drastically depending on your living conditions but the general rule of thumb according to the National Fire Protection Association is to install alarms in every room and on every level of your house. To make sure they will work when you need them check them regularly and replace batteries as needed. Batteries don’t last forever and neither do your smoke alarms no matter what kind you have. Even the best ones on the market today need to be replaced every 10 years.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms are every bit as important as fire and smoke alarms. They call CO the silent killer because it is odorless, tasteless and impossible to detect without an alarm. This deadly gas has wiped out entire families in what they thought was the safety of their own homes and even while they were under medical care. The symptoms of CO poisoning are difficult to diagnose as they mimic a range of other illnesses. Survivors that are fortunate enough to pull through may experience lifelong effects in the most extreme cases. The combination of smoke and CO detectors serve as a critical first line of defense and may be the only thing that stands between you and tragedy.
When it comes to the health and wellbeing of my family I do all I can to keep them safe and secure. I make sure our smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide alarms are always in working order. I also buy the best equipment I can afford like these alarms from First Alert. They are reliable, extremely easy to install, good for 10 years, and I never have to worry about replacing the batteries because these alarms are sealed, tamperproof, and maintenance free.
First Alert has a range of devices available for purchase that can ensure your home is properly equipped throughout.
The SA3210 (a smoke and fire alarm) is great overall protection because it has both types of smoke sensors recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The P1010 (a smoke and fire alarm) is a nice addition to your home’s safety, ideal for the bedroom.
The PRC710 (a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm) provides both smoke and CO safety.
The CO710 (carbon monoxide alarm) is a nice table-top addition and can be easily added to any room.
When it comes to alarms it really doesn’t get better than First Alert. However, to keep your family safe you’re going to go beyond having the choice equipment. Teach your family what to do in case of a fire emergency. They should always know multiple ways to exit rooms, where to meet in an emergency, and should be able to devise an escape strategy at a moment’s notice. Have your furnace serviced regularly, keep your chimney clean, and clear out those dryer vents. A little common sense and forethought can go a long way to keep your family safe.
Do you have a #SuperPreparedFamily?